Free school travel assistance (4 to 16 year olds)
Check to see if you can get free school travel assistance based on the eligibility criteria.
In most cases eligible children will be provided with a bus pass for home to school transport. In some cases other transport methods (public bus, taxi) may be provided.
How your child can get free school travel assistance
There are 4 ways your child may be able to get free travel assistance to school, including if:
If you have moved home you will need to reapply for travel assistance, this will be reviewed and a decision made in the usual way.
If you are in receipt of benefits, you will be required to upload documentary evidence. Please ensure you have this before completing the online form.
Policy changes made due to recommendations received by the LGSCO for a recent complaint investigation. The Local Authority have made the changes to ensure that they abide by the LGSCO outcome.
If you are applying for a school place starting in September 2024 please refer to this policy to establish whether your child is entitled to free home to school transport
Please note that this policy is applicable for the academic year 2023/2024
Apply for travel assistance with an EHC plan (4 to 16 years old).
Our School Transport team will review your application and make a decision based on the information you have supplied.
If you meet the criteria for travel assistance you will be sent a letter with the details of your route, but if you do not meet the criteria you will be told and given the option to apply for non-entitled (paid for) school travel assistance.
Appeal against a free school transport decision
If an application for free transport and assistance is declined, parents may appeal by submitting a form to escalate the matter to a Stage One Appeal.
Find out more about the appeals process.
Last updated 21 August 2023