Pre-16 school transport

There are different types of support available for travel to school. If your child is starting school in September and meets the qualifying criteria for free school transport shown below, you do not need to complete an application form. The Social and Education Transport Team will send out travel passes and details of transport arrangements directly to your home address in August. 

With effect from 1 September 2017, the catchment area of Comberton Village College will be extended to include the villages of Gamlingay, Everton Heath, East Hatley, Hatley St George and Tetworth.

Students living in these villages transferring to Comberton Village College to take up places in Year 7 in September 2017 and all students in the future will automatically be entitled to free home to school travel assistance. Details regarding travel arrangements will be sent directly to those students' home addresses from the middle of August in time for the start of term in September.

The change of catchment area does not apply retrospectively to children and young people living in these villages on roll at Comberton Village College before 1 September 2017. However, due to the exceptional nature of the changes to educational provision in Gamlingay, the Council will consider requests for free transport from families whose children will be in Years 8 and 9 in the school year 2017/18 and are already travelling from Gamlingay's catchment area to Comberton Village College.

Decisions on whether or not to grant free transport will be made on the basis of the individual circumstances of the family, taking account of, but not limited to the following considerations:

  • When the child transferred to Comberton Village College
  • Whether they have been directly impacted by the change of educational provision in Gamlingay
  • Whether they have younger siblings attending school in Gamlingay

The following table summarises the entitlement to free home / school transport for students who live in Gamlingay and its other catchment villages.

Year Group September 2017 Free transport available to Comberton Village College for students resident in the following villages: Everton Heath, East Hatley, Hatley St George, Gamlingay and Tetworth Free transport available to Potton Middle School and thereafter to Stratton Upper School for students resident in the following villages: Everton Heath, East Hatley, Hatley St George, Gamlingay and Tetworth
4 N/A Yes
5 N/A Yes
6 N/A Yes
7 Yes Yes
8 Assessed on individual circumstances Yes
9 Assessed on individual circumstances Yes
10 No Yes
11 No Yes

Contact: [email protected]

Any families who have not yet received a written confirmation of entitlement  and feel that their children may be entitled to transport assistance because of the impact of the change of educational provision within Gamlingay should complete a transport application form online via this page as soon as possible. 

Free school transport

Some school children may be entitled to free school transport. To qualify, your child must meet all of the following criteria:

  • live within the area where Cambridgeshire is the local council
  • be registered at his or her designated school
  • be in or above the school year when they will pass their fifth birthday
  • live more than 2 miles (primary) or 3 miles (secondary) from their school
  • be able to complete the journey in less than 45 minutes (primary) or 1 hour 15 minutes (secondary)  

Secondary school pupils from low income families

Some secondary school children may qualify for help with transport costs under 'Extended Secondary Rights for Low Income Families'. To do so, your child must meet the following criteria:

  • be entitled to free school meals or be from a family receiving the maximum level of Working Families Tax Credit (with no reduction due to income) 
  • be attending secondary school at one of their 3 nearest schools between 2 and 6 miles from their home address or their nearest denominational school (on grounds of religion or belief) between 2 and 15 miles from their home address

Spare seats

If your child doesn't qualify for free school transport, you can apply for a spare seat for them. Please note:

  • seats are issued on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability
  • seats are only made available one term at a time
  • the issue of a ticket does not guarantee that the place will be available in future terms 
  • the Council cannot guarantee to give advance warning of seats becoming unavailable 
  • applications must be received after the start of the half term holiday before the beginning of the term you are applying for 
  • applications should include full payment and will only be counted as being received when full payment has been received

Applications need to be made termly for spare seats. For more information, please see the application form below.

Information regarding spare seats

Read our Frequently Asked Questions document on spare seats.

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Apply for school transport

Apply for pre-16 school transport

If you wish to apply for a spare seat for September 2017 then please complete the current online application form via the link above. Alternatively, there is a paper application form below which can be completed. Please note that charges for 2017/18 spare seats will be £210.00 per term.

Lost, stolen or damaged travel pass

If you have lost your travel pass, or it has been damaged, be advised there is a charge. Stolen travel pass will be replaced free of charge, when you supply a valid Police Incident Number.

Apply for a replacement bus pass

School bus timetables

You will receive information about bus allocation and a timetable with your child's bus pass.

Behaviour on a school bus

All pupils who use transport provided by the Council are expected to abide by the Travel Code of Conduct. Pupils who fail to abide by the Code of Conduct when using transport provided by the Council may be banned from using the transport for a set period. It will become the responsibility of the pupil's parent, carer or guardian to arrange transport to and from school for this period of time.

Code of Conduct for home to school / college travel

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Home to school transport application form

Paper form for pupils aged 5 to 16 years for September 2017 to July 2018.

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Denominational transport

Please note that with effect from September 2014, all denominational transport support ceased, except that which is statutorily required by the Education Act 2006 i.e. for children who meet the low income criteria, attending their nearest denominational secondary school on grounds of religion / belief and that school is within 2 and 15 miles from home.

Home to school travel assistance policy

The home to school travel assistance policy covers mainstream, special and post-16 education transport.

Home to school travel assistance policy

Including glossary of terms

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Education Transport Team
Box No. SH1013
Shire Hall

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0345 045 5208

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