Accessibility Options

Pre-16 school transport

If your child is starting primary or secondary school for the first time in September 2018 and you have received an offer of a school place, transport support may be available.

Reception - September 2018

If your child's circumstances meet the qualifying criteria for free home to school transport assistance shown below, you will be sent an application form to complete. Please return the form if you wish to take up the offer of transport assistance.

Please note that if you believe you are entitled to transport assistance and have not received a form by 1 June 2018, please complete the online form below.

Year 7 - September 2018

If you received an offer of a school place after 1 March 2018 and you feel your child's circumstances meet the qualifying criteria for free home to school transport assistance shown below, please complete the online application form below.

If you received your child's secondary school offer on 1 March 2018 and your child's circumstances meet the qualifying criteria for free home to school transport assistance shown below, you do not need to apply. The Social and Education Transport Team will send out travel passes with details of arrangements prior to the end of the summer term.

Children moving into a new school year at their current school will automatically receive a new travel pass providing their circumstances have not changed. You only need to complete a new application if there have been changes to your entitlement, e.g. change of address. Please contact the Social and Education Transport Team directly if you no longer meet the criteria for free home to school travel assistance.

For children who receive travel assistance under the Extended Secondary Rights for Low Income criteria, you must complete a new application with your updated entitlement documents.

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 does not qualify for free home to school travel assistance, you can apply for a spare seat. The charge for this ticket is £210 per term for the remainder of the 2017/18 academic year and £230 per term for the 2018/19 academic year. 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 
  • spare seats are only available on school contract buses, and pupils would be expected to get to an existing bus stop

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

Information regarding spare seats - September 2018

Read our Frequently Asked Questions document on spare seats.

Size: 24.46 KB File format: pdf

Apply for school transport

If you have read all the information above and believe you need to complete an application form, please click the button below.

Apply for pre-16 school transport

If you would prefer to complete a paper application form instead of using the online system, a copy can be found below.

Lost, stolen or damaged travel pass

If you have lost your travel pass, or it has been damaged, be advised there is a charge of £8.50. A 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.


Travel Code of Conduct

For home to school / college travel

Size: 1.30 MB File format: pdf

Home to school travel assistance policy

This policy covers mainstream, special and post-16 education transport. Includes a glossary of terms.

Size: 262.12 KB File format: pdf

Pre-16 home to school transport application form

A paper version of the online application form.

Size: 540.96 KB File format: pdf


Social and Education Transport Team
Box No. SH1013
Shire Hall

Email: [email protected] 
Telephone: 0345 045 5208

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