Entitlement to free School Transport

1. Entitlement to free School Transport

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

For Secondary age children, you can check if your child would be entitled to free school transport by using our free school transport tool.

For Primary age children, please contact us.

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.

Please do not assume that an older sibling who is already using free transport will ensure entitlement to a sibling newly requiring transport to the same school.

If your allocation for a Secondary school place is made on 1 March 2018 and your child is entitled to free school transport from September 2018, we will write to you by the end of April 2018. 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.

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

2. Families on a low income

There are special arrangements in place for children from families on a low income.

Children aged 11 to 16 from low income families are eligible if they attend one of their three nearest qualifying schools and live more than two miles, but not more than six miles away, or the nearest school selected for religious reasons more than two miles but not more than 15 miles away.

To qualify, your child will need to be entitled to Free School Meals because you receive one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual gross income which is less than £16,190 (and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Working tax credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop being qualified for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

If your child is not entitled to Free School Meals, another benefit that is accepted is entitlement to the maximum level of Working Tax Credits, this means that there is no reduction due to income in the Working Tax Credits elements section of your HM Revenue & Customs award notice for the current tax year.


3. Contact

If you have any questions about:

  • the entitlement to free School Transport, please contact us 
  • bus boarding and alighting points, bus passes and paid for travel (spare seats are sold on existing school transport) please use the client transport contact form.

Lost or damaged tickets

Your school may issue you with a temporary 5 day pass while you are waiting for a replacement pass. Contact your school reception.

Apply online for a replacement ticket

By post:

Send your child’s name, date of birth and £13 replacement fee to:

Client and Public Transport
Buckinghamshire County Council
County Hall, Aylesbury HP20 1YZ

Cheques should be made payable to Buckinghamshire County Council.

Emergency tickets are not available before the issue of a travel pass.