School travel assistance

We provide assistance and support to eligible children and young people travelling between home and school/college in accordance with the criteria set in our Home to school transport policy.


Eligibility is assessed by:

  • distance
  • safety of the route
  • low income
  • mobility needs

Applications for the September 2018 - 2019 school year is open. Applications submitted take a minimum of two weeks to process.

Before applying for travel assistance you must read the full criteria given in the policy document.

Read school travel assistance policy 2018-19

Apply for 2018-19 school travel assistance

Please note, applications for the current academic year (September 2017 - August 2018) can still be submitted online. Please read the policy first and only complete the form if you require transport which needs to commence before September 2018.


Assistance may be awarded on distance if the child attends the nearest suitable school which is beyond:

  • 2 miles walking distance (if aged between of 5 and 8)
  • 3 miles walking distance (if aged between 8 and 16)

The nearest suitable school is the school nearest to the home address that the Local Authority has deemed can meet the pupils needs. If parents choose another school they are not eligible for transport.

The safety criterion considers the walking nature of the route when accompanied by a suitable adult. For example lack of pavements, lack of street lighting, speed of traffic, lack of safe road crossing points.

Low income is assessed on the basis of the pupil receiving free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of maximum Working Tax Credit if the:

  • nearest suitable qualifying school is beyond 2 miles (if aged between 8 and 11)
  • school is between 2 and 6 miles (if aged between 11-16 and there are not three or more suitable nearer schools)
  • school is between 2 and 15 miles and is the nearest school preferred on the grounds of religion or belief (if aged 11-16)

Assistance may be awarded on mobility problems if it is considered that the pupil cannot be reasonably expected to walk to school because of their mobility problems or because of associated health issues related to their special educational needs or disability.

Types of Assistance

Assistance may be given by:

  • the allocation of a seat on a vehicle
  • travel training
  • reimbursement of travel expenses; fuel reimbursement or an oyster card.

Assistance in future years

Continuing assistance with the costs of home to school/college transport cannot be guaranteed in future years. It is reviewed on an annual basis.


If a parent or carer is dissatisfied with the outcome of the application there is an appeals process which is outlined in the policy.

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