Transport for students under the age of 16
How do I apply?
If you would like to apply for help with transport, please complete:
Please note: Without a valid bus pass your child will not be able to travel
Do I qualify?
To qualify for transport assistance you must meet the following criteria:
- You are resident in Warwickshire
- your child is attending the nearest qualifying school to home. This is the school in whose priority area you live, or another if nearer to home by the shortest walking route.
The walking distance (using the shortest walking route) from your home to the nearest qualifying school is over:
- Two miles for children under the age of 8 years
- Three miles for children aged 8 – 16.
As a result of our recent consultation, from September 2019 we will only provide free transport to students attending the nearest school to their home address. This may not be the priority school.
Transport to Church Aided Schools (Denominational Transport) and Grammar/Selective Schools
Transport to these schools is not an automatic right. Applicants will only receive free transport if they are attending the nearest qualifying school to their home address, or if they qualify for free transport as a low-income family. The distance from home to school will also need to exceed the relevant walking distance.
Help available for low-income families
If your child is entitled to free school meals, or your family is in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit, free transport will normally be provided for:
Children aged 8-11, attending the nearest qualifying school to home, provided it is more than two miles (by the shortest available walking route).
Children aged 11-16, attending one of their three nearest qualifying schools, provided it is more than two miles (by the shortest available walking route), but not more than six miles (by motorised route) from their home. (From September 2008)
Children aged 11 – 16, attending the nearest qualifying school which accords with the parents’ religion or belief, provided it is more than two miles (by the shortest available walking route), but not more than fifteen miles (by motorised route) from their home. (From September 2008)
Walking distance and walking route
These are not necessarily the shortest distance by road, but are measured by the shortest route along which a child, accompanied as necessary, may walk with reasonable safety. As such, the route measured may include footpaths, bridleways, and other pathways, as well as recognised roads.
Walking distance will be measured from the home boundary gate to the nearest school gate.
Motorised routes. These are those routes which are passable by using a suitable motorised vehicle. Paths and roads not passable by motorised transport will not therefore be considered. Measurements will be made by our Education Transport Office.
For any queries/complaints about route allocation and available routes to a school or college, contact Transport Operations on 01926 412929 Option 1, Option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help for those that do not qualify for free assistance
In some cases there is an option to receive transport under our vacant seat scheme. Payment will be required.