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About 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 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.

 

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 are now using a 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.

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 for a spare seat is successful, we will provide you with details of the seat you have secured and ask you to confirm the place by arranging payment.

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.

2. Check for spare seat availability

All spare seats for the autumn term 2021 have now been allocated, and applications are closed.

The spare seats available for the Spring Term 2022 will be published here on 1 November 2021.

3. Apply for a spare seat

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.

 

How applications are prioritised

A priority system is in place and applies to all applicants. (If there are multiple applicants within the same priority group, seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis according to the date and time of the online application.)

Higher priority will be given if you are applying for a renewal. This applies to any continuing student who is travelling on a Council-run bus to the same school, on the same bus route. This includes Year 11 students moving into sixth form at the same school, on the same bus route.

Other priorities are looked-after children and former looked-after children who have been adopted, children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), children of armed forces personnel and siblings of students on the same route.

Check the priority requirements in our terms and conditions of travel.

After that, remaining spare seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis according to the date and time of your online application.