Accessibility Options

Pre-16 school transport    Spare seats    Lost, stolen or damaged travel pass   Behaviour on school busses

Pre-16 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)  

Your designated school is your catchment school and/or closest school to the child’s address. (In the majority of cases, the catchment and closest school are the same school. If your catchment school is not the closest school to you, either school will qualify as the designated school).

During the school admissions process there are two occasions when a school that is not the designated school can be assigned as the designated school by the local authority.

  1. If you have applied for and been refused a place at your closest school (if applicable) and your catchment school; and your next preference offered is the ‘next nearest school' to your child’s address.
  2. If you have applied for and been refused a place at your closest school (if applicable) and the catchment school and all your preferences exhausted. An alternative school place will be offered to you by the Admissions team. (When offering an alternative school the admissions team will consider your: individual circumstances; nearest school with a place available, and travel options).

Full details on eligibility including medical conditions, special educational needs and disabilities and fair access are in the 'Home to school travel assistance policy' booklet.

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

Apply for school transport

If your child is starting primary or secondary school in September 2019 for the first time and you believe they meet the above criteria, you will need to complete an application for transport assistance using the button below. In order to guarantee your child's arrangements are in place in time for September, please make sure you apply before the end of the summer term.

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

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

Apply for pre-16 school transport

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: 593.87 KB File format: pdf

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 £240 per term for the 2019/20 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. 

Apply for pre-16 spare seats

Information regarding spare seats - September 2019

Read our Frequently Asked Questions document on spare seats.

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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

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

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Social and Education Transport Team
Box No. SH1013
Shire Hall

Email: [email protected] 
Telephone: 0345 045 5208

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