School and College Transport
School and College Transport (other than for Special Education)
Free transport is generally restricted to pupils who attend their catchment area school and live the necessary distance from the school.
With regards to voluntary aided schools, free transport is available to the nearest church school in accordance with the distance criteria mentioned above and in accordance with the criteria that a child’s parents and or their child adheres to the denominational faith of the school in question. For example when attending a Roman Catholic school a parent and or their child must be baptised in the catholic faith and where possible a practising roman catholic. The Integrated Transport Unit will consult with individual VA schools to confirm the admission criteria under which a pupil was admitted in order to confirm entitlement. The Authority reserves the right, however, to require documentary evidence to be submitted by parents in order to determine entitlement.
Primary aged pupils (Reception to Year 6)
Free transport will be provided if living more than 2 miles from the catchment school.
Secondary aged pupils (Years 7 to 11)
Free transport will be provided if living more than 3 miles from the catchment school.
Pupils may be allowed to occupy spare seats on school buses as a temporary concession even though they do not satisfy the criteria referred to above. No charges are currently imposed by the Authority for providing transport in such cases. Concessions may have to be withdrawn at short notice and are not provided on local bus service transport.
Post 16 years of age
Transport will also be provided for post 16 pupils / students if they live more than 3 miles from their college campus or catchment school. Provision will either be in the form of a Travel Grant (currently £48.00 per term) or a season ticket. Students with special needs eg wheelchair provision may be provided with Specialised contracted transport (subject to review).
Parents should be aware that the Authority does not provide transport for nursery aged children.
Full details on the Authority's Transport policy relating to mainstream, Welsh and Voluntary Aided (Church) schools can be found on pages 108-110 of the Schools Information Booklet .
For further information contact 01495 766918.
Alternatively you can download the relevant application forms below
If you have any queries please contact a member of the Transport team on 01495 766919.
Last Modified: 01/07/2020
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