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Apply for paid-for school transport

1. Apply for paid-for school transport

We offer any spare seats on our free school transport service as a paid-for alternative. 

These seats are limited and we cannot guarantee one for every child. 


What you'll need to apply

You can apply for a paid-for seat online. Seats are only allocated if a public transport route is not available, please check this before you apply. 

To apply, you'll need to know:

  • the name of your child's school
  • their boarding point, stop ID number (last 4 digits), and bus service

You can use our online checker to find your nearest school bus stop.


We will where possible give preference to children travelling with a sibling. There is a section on the form to request this, you will need:

  • sibling student reference number (can be found on pass)
  • sibling name
  • sibling date of birth

You will receive an email confirmation and your child will be added to our transport waiting list. The waiting list gives preference to siblings, and then operates on a first-come-first-served basis.

If there is no boarding point or service to your child's school, please enter 'NEW' in the Stop ID field. You can use an existing route or you can also enter 'NEW' in the Bus service field.

This will then be reviewed.

The default offer will be on a bus. 

To be considered for an already running taxi or minibus, please state your preferred bus service as 'TAXI'. We will only accept one application per service, and will discard additional preferences on the same route.

We will send an offer of 'paid-for' transport for all year 11 pupils using dedicated bus services, to take up if they are staying on at sixth-form at the same school, subject to a space being available after eligible new starters are allocated.

Pupils wanting transport to a different school for sixth-form or are currently travelling on a taxi are able to apply for a 'paid-for' place by applying on the paid-for waiting list.

Further information on the 16-19 bursary and free post 16 transport 


What happens after you apply

There will be two rounds of offers made prior to the start of the school year and one further round during the autumn term.

If you have not been offered a place in either round 1, round 2 of the process, your request will remain on the waiting list. We regularly review this list throughout the year and offer any spare seating available.

The cut off for the paid-for applications to be processed are:

  • round 1 is 5pm on the 17 July 2019
  • round 2 is 5pm on the 12 September 2019

If we are able to offer a place we will send you an Offer of Paid-For School Transport Form which you must then complete and return to us by post prior to the deadline on the form.

Sometimes we may need to withdraw a paid-for place. Where this happens we will give you one week's notice in writing


Public bus services

We do not provide 'paid-for' passes for local public bus service where tickets can be bought directly from the bus company. See our local bus timetables page or plan a journey on Traveline.


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Last updated: 7 May 2019

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