Apply for post 16 transport

Before you apply

All post 16 students in year 12 or 13 must pay towards the cost of transport to sixth form or college.

The current cost is:

  • a one-off payment of £570
  • or, three termly instalments of £193 (a total of £579)
  • or, six instalments of £96.50 (a total of £579)

Transport will not be arranged until part, or full payment is made. Once payment is received, a bus pass will be issued for the period paid for.

To qualify, students must be under the age of 19 on 1 September prior to the start of the course. They must also:

  • live more than three miles away from the sixth form or college
  • attend a sixth form or college within the designated transport area* (DTA) for their home address
  • attend a sixth form or college outside the DTA, but that is nearer to their home address than a sixth form or college that falls within their DTA

*An area around a school or college from which resident pupils/students can get transport support subject to meeting the criteria for entitlement.

Designated transport areas can be viewed in our School and college transport policy, or you can email

Transport only includes your child's journey to and from the main school or college site in the morning and home from school at the end of the school day.

For more advice, read the post 16 education transport policy.

Changing address, school or college during the academic year

If you change address, school, or college, you must reapply for post 16 transport.

Cancellation of transport

To cancel your transport, please send your details to

How to apply

Once you have been offered a sixth form or college place, you may apply for post 16 transport.

The deadline for applications for the 2024-25 academic year is 31 July 2024.

If you miss this deadline, you may still apply, but it may not be processed for the start of the new academic year, and you should make other arrangements.

If you apply mid-year then it is your responsibility to make other arrangements until the application has been processed.

Apply for post 16 transport

What happens next

Once you have applied online, you will get an email to confirm we have received your application.

We will then assess your eligibility and contact you as soon as possible with our decision.

If your application is approved, we will send you details and, where appropriate, a bus pass as soon as possible.   

Your child will be allocated a Transport (TRA) number – please keep hold of this as you will need it if you wish to contact us about your transport provision in future.  

You will need to reapply for transport at the start of each academic year. 

If you are worried that your application has exceeded 20 days then you can email to check its status. 


You can appeal a post 16 transport decision if:

  • the decision to refuse transport is wrong according to our policy or the law
  • there are personal circumstances that have not been taken into account

The school and college transport policy contains information on how to appeal.

Make a payment

To make a payment for post 16 transport, you will need your TRA number, which can be found in any letter correspondence from the transport team.

Make a payment

Please only send payment once we have confirmed you can get school transport.