Apply for free school transport

Free school transport for low-income families

Free school transport for low income families only applies to pupils aged 11-16, if:

  • your child attends one of the three nearest schools
  • and, the school is between two and six miles from their home address

On the grounds of religion, it must be your nearest faith school and be between 2 and 15 miles from your child’s home address. You must provide evidence of religious belief.

Your child may get free school transport if:

  • they receive free school meals based upon low income
  • or, you receive the highest level of working tax credit

If you receive any of the following benefits, you may also be eligible:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, with an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Free school meals

If you come off any qualifying benefit at the time of review, your child’s free school transport will end. You must get your child to school unless they qualify under the school and college policy.

When transport is granted on the grounds of low income, we will review offer at the start of each school year. We will contact you before the school year starts.

If you move house, we will re-assess your application from your new address.