Free School Transport

1. Free school travel assistance

Free home to school transport is available if your child:

  • is between 5-16 years old (of statutory school age)
  • is attending their nearest suitable school
  • lives further away from the school than the statutory walking distances (2 miles for pupils under 8, and 3 miles for those aged 8 and above)

Your child may also qualify for free transport to the nearest school if they are unable to walk for any of the following reasons:

  • they have Special Educational Needs
  • they have a disability or mobility problems
  • there is no safe walking route


Most children do not qualify for travel assistance and parents are responsible for making the travel arrangements and meeting the cost

Primary school

For primary aged children please contact us.

Secondary school

For secondary aged children check if your child would be entitled using our Free School Transport tool


Please do not assume that an older sibling who is already using free transport will automatically mean that a sibling will be entitled to transport to the same school.


Grammar school

For a child who is qualified for grammar school, upper/all-ability schools are included when determining which is the nearest appropriate school, for transport purposes.

Moving up to Secondary in September 2019

Unfortunately there has been a delay in notifying children of their free school transport entitlement,  you will hear by 10 May 2019.


If your allocation for a Secondary school place is made on 1 March 2019 and your child is entitled to free school transport from September 2019, we will write to you on 19 April 2019. If your child is allocated a place after the first allocation round and is entitled to free school transport, the date on which we will write to you will be given in your offer letter.

If you know you are not entitled to free transport you can make an application for ‘paid-for’ transport between 5 March (midday) and 7 June.  All applications submitted by 7 June will be considered in the first transport allocation round.  Places are limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please refer to the School Transport Policy for more details on eligibility for free transport.


On 4/3/2019 Cabinet agreed the a change to the council’s home to school transport policy . The change will take effect from the 2020 entry to secondary school. Existing secondary age travellers will be unaffected.

School children living in the Iver and Wexham areas (attending the Chalfont Community College) and Ivinghoe (attending the Cottesloe and Tring Schools), who are currently travelling free of charge, will be required to contribute to the cost of transport if they choose not to attend their nearest school. This will bring these arrangements in line with the rest of the County – see Appendix 1 Home to School Transport policy. This will begin from September 2020, enabling families to plan ahead and


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Last updated: 26 April 2019

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