School transport

Free home to school transport is provided to:

  • primary aged pupils who live 2 miles or more from their catchment or nearest available school

  • secondary aged pupils who live 3 miles or more from their catchment or nearest available school, including Welsh-medium and faith schools.

A child qualifies for free home to school transport to an alternative school as long as:

1. this school is nearer than the catchment school, and

2. the qualifying distance is met

Although each school has a catchment area under the council’s school admissions policy, parents can express a preference for any school they would like their child to attend.

If you choose to send your child to a school that is not your catchment school, you will be responsible for all transport costs and arrangements.

If your application to a preferred school is not successful, you will qualify for help with transport only if your child attends either the catchment school as an alternative or the next nearest available school (decided by the council) and if the qualifying distance is met.

If you choose an alternative that is not your catchment school or the nearest available school, you will be responsible for all transport costs and arrangements.

Read about changes to school transport fees (May 2014)


Apply for free school transport 2020/2021


Apply for free school travel 2019/2020

Download the application for free school travel 2019/2020 (pdf)

Pupils already using school transport do not need to re-apply unless they have moved home address or changed school.  

Season tickets will automatically be renewed and sent to your home address during August. 

Contract permits issued previously will not expire until the date shown on the pass. 

If there is a change of school, home address or if the council finds a shorter walking route within the distance criteria limit, a child may no longer be eligible for free home to school transport. 

If a child's home address changes please tell us immediately.  

Only pupils in Reception and Year 7 and others making a first application need to apply.   

Download the concessionary seat application for 2019/2020 (pdf) 

Disabilities and special educational needs

Free transport is arranged for pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs if the SEN service has agreed that it is needed. 

The service is usually provided for children who attend either special schools or a unit attached to a mainstream school, other than their local schools.

Read about the decision process

Post-16 students

Post-16 students who qualify for home to school transport assistance under the agreed distance criteria may receive a discretionary travel grant of £150 for each academic year.

The travel grant can be used for whatever transport best meets their needs. 

If using the local bus service, tickets (daily, weekly, termly, annually) can be purchased directly from the local bus provider. 

Apply for college transport September 2020-June2021

The post-16 school transport application form for 2020/2021 will be available shortly.