The Spare Seat Scheme
1. About the Spare Seat Scheme
We run school buses where required for pupils who are eligible for free transport. On some routes there may be a limited number of spare seats that are not needed for eligible children. We offer these seats to parents who wish to pay for a place for their child through the Spare Seat Scheme.
Starting with places for the autumn term 2021, the Spare Seat Scheme has changed. New seats are now advertised on a term-by-term basis, rather than through the previous ongoing waiting list.
This means there will be more regular opportunities for parents to purchase spare seats when they are available. Seats will be charged according to our transport fees.
- 24 June — Routes including stops were published
- 28 June — Available spare seats were published
- 28 June — Applications opened at midday.
- 19 July — Applications closed at midday.
- 31 July — Applicants will be notified whether they have been offered a seat by this date.
- 13 August — Payment deadline for successful applicants.
- 1 November — Available spare seats for the Spring Term 2022 published.
- 1 November — Applications open for spare seats for the Spring Term.
How to apply
Applications for seats for the Autumn Term have now closed. Applications for any available spare seats for the Spring Term 2022 will open on 1 November 2021.
We have also introduced a new priority system to help make spare seat allocation clearer and fairer. This is set out in our
terms and conditions of travel.
If you have been offered and accepted a place on the Spare Seat Scheme, we will assume that you require the seat for the whole year, unless you tell us otherwise. You will not need to reapply each term. However, we cannot guarantee that spare seats will continue to be available - see our terms and conditions of travel.
Once you apply
If you applied for a spare seat, you will be told of the outcome of your application by 31 July 2021.
As the number of spare seats on offer is limited, you should not rely on getting one. You should always plan an alternative way of getting your child to and from school in case your application is unsuccessful.
If you are offered a seat
If your application is successful, we will provide you with details of the seat you have secured and ask you to confirm the place by arranging payment by the deadline of 13 August. Those going into Year 12 who are awaiting GCSE results have an extended payment deadline of 20 August.
Payment can be made online in advance for a term or for the full year, or you can opt to pay in monthly instalments by setting up a Direct Debit.
If you miss the payment deadline, you risk losing the offer of a place.
When we will issue your bus pass
Once payment is in place, we will issue your child’s bus pass. This should arrive within 10 days of us receiving your payment, and no later than the last week of August. Please note that for those awaiting GCSE results, although we will accept payment up to 20 August, if you pay later than 13 August we cannot guarantee that you will receive your bus pass by the start of term.
Bus passes for spare seat renewals
If you took up an offer to renew for the 2021/22 academic year a spare seat your child has been using this year, you will receive your bus pass by 13 August.
Last updated: 23 July 2021