School transport information for parents and carers
For information on getting to school during coronavirus, go here.
Pupils travel to school by many different means, including walking or cycling, private car/taxi journeys, public transport, or use of dedicated school-only buses/coaches either provided by the Council or independently run by private bus companies.
Council-run school transport
We ensure that all students who are legally entitled to free transport are supported to get to school in accordance with our home to school transport policy.
To find out more about eligibility for free transport go to our page on free transport eligibility.
For pupils who don’t qualify for free school transport, we may offer any spare seats on our school transport service on a paid-for basis as part of our Spare Seat Scheme.
What to expect if your child is eligible for free home to school transport
If your child is eligible for free home to school transport, there are three important steps:
- Offer letter issued (by 19 May 2021). We automatically assess eligibility for free transport and send offer letters to all parents whose children qualify.
- Accepting offer letter (by 10 June 2021). Parents/carers must reply to confirm they want to take up a bus seat.
- Bus pass issued (by end July 2021) – Your child’s bus pass will be posted to you.
Offer letters issued
You’ll receive a letter offering your eligible child free travel by 19 May 2021 for those starting a new school in September 2021.
Accepting your offer
If you wish to take up the offer of free transport, you need to confirm with us by 10 June 2021.
Receiving your bus pass
Once you have confirmed your child's place, we'll reserve their place and post their bus pass to the address we have on record for you.
You'll receive your child's pass:
- by the end of July if they are travelling on a school bus.
- in early August if they will be travelling by public bus or by rail.
Any late responses received after the deadline of 10 June 2021 will result in a delay in sending your child’s school bus pass, with no guarantee that you will receive it before the start of the school term
Bus routes and timetables
We are revising our bus routes for 2021 autumn term, and there will be some changes to stopping points and timetables.
- Routes for 2021/22 will be published by 24 June 2021.
- Timetables for 2021/22 will be published by 15 August 2021.
Other transport options
Public transport: You can get season tickets and child discounts from most bus and train operators or see the Citizencard information. See our local bus timetable page or plan a journey on Traveline. Taxi operators may also offer discounts for regular journeys.
For information on using public buses to get to school during coronavirus, see our coronavirus web page.
Commercially run school-only buses: There are a number of private companies who operate independently of the Council and who sell tickets to parents directly. Details of commercial school bus routes can be found on our bus timetables page.