School buses for under 16's

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The quickest way is to apply online. Once you’ve applied we’ll write to you with the outcome, and let you know how much you’ll have to pay.

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Applications are assessed by officers of the Council’s Transport and Travel Services Group (TTS). Full conditions of the scheme and details of how to apply are included in the under 16 travel scheme booklet.

You can also apply  by downloading and sending the application form:

download U16 travel application form.

Pay

Once you’ve received your letter you can pay for your pass through our website. Your offer letter will include the student’s ID, which you should include on the payment form.

 School transport travel pass guide:

Under-16 travel assistance scheme

The table below summarises the travel assistance that is available for children attending their catchment school (or preferred school if closer). Please see the policy for the full information.

Travel assistance available for children attending their catchment school (or preferred school if closer)
Age on 1 September 2018 Walking Distance Between Home and School Type of Assistance
4 to 7* Over 2 Miles Free Travel until the end of educational year in which 8th birthday falls (end of year 3)
2 Miles or Under Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services
8 to 11 Over 3 Miles Free Travel until end of educational year in which 11th birthday falls (end of year 6)
3 Miles or Under Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services until the end of educational year in which 11th birthday falls (end of year 6)
2 to 3 Miles
(Low Income Families)
Free Travel is available for pupils under 11 years of age who are eligible for free school meals, or whose parents are in receipt of maximum level working tax credit, if over 2 miles from school, for the duration of the educational year in which the award is made. This award is reviewed at the end of each educational year, in August.
Over 11 Over 3 Miles Free Travel until end of educational year in which 16th birthday falls (end of year 11)
3 Miles or Under Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services until the end of educational year in which 16th birthdays falls (end of year 11)
2 to 6 Miles
(Low Income Families)
Free Travel is available for pupils attending one of the nearest 3 schools between 2 and 6 miles when eligible for free school meals, or whose parents are in receipt of maximum level working tax credit, for the duration of the educational year in which the award is made. This award is reviewed at the end of each educational year, in August.

*Travel assistance is given from the start of the academic year in which the 5th birthday falls

Denominational (faith) schools transport

The rules covering home to school transport for children attending a denominational school (faith school) are slightly different.

The table below summarises the travel assistance that is available for children attending their nearest suitable school preferred on the grounds of religion or belief. Please see the Home to School Transport Policy for full information.

Travel assistance available for children attending their nearest suitable school preferred on the grounds of religion or belief
Age Income level Type of Assistance
5 to 11 Low income  Free travel to school between 2 to 20 miles from home
N/A Subsidised travel to school between 2 to 20 miles from home
11 to 16 Low income Free travel to school between 2-25 miles from home
N/A Subsidised travel to school between 2-25 miles from home

The scheme will be provided for the purposes of home to school travel on school days only and not outside of standard school hours (local bus service timetables may apply).

The scheme will only provide free travel on existing school and local bus services. If your child has special educational needs or disabilities, transport will be provided using existing school and local bus services or special transport services, subject to assessment of compatibility

Change in circumstance

Any change in circumstances (eg moving home address, changing school etc) must be notified to TTS immediately in order for entitlement and provision to be reassessed. Previous entitlement does not guarantee that free travel will be provided in the future.

A new application for travel assistance may be required and would be considered in accordance with the home to school transport policy and discretionary scheme in place at the time.

 

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