Free school transport during the coronavirus pandemic

Following government advice, children in reception, year 1 and year 6 will start to return to school from 1 June. Children in year 10 and year 12 will also have an opportunity to spend some time at school. This information applies to transport arrangements until the end of the current school year and may change if the government advice does.

The government have indicated that students should be encouraged to walk or cycle to school, accompanied as necessary by a responsible adult. They have also advised people to avoid public transport at peak times, but acknowledge that this may not always be possible.

We are currently working with transport providers to ensure that government guidance defining appropriate transport is implemented for eligible learners who are unable to make alternative arrangements to get to school.

While we will attempt to keep transport arrangements for these children as consistent as possible, with transport that was provided before restrictions were in place, there is potential that alternative vehicles and drivers/passenger assistants may be required. There may also be some unavoidable delay while transport is re-implemented.

Children in mainstream schools

If your child is eligible for free school transport and in reception, year 1 or year 6, we are currently trying to contact parents directly to ascertain whether you intend to send your child back to school and discuss transport requirements.

If your child is eligible for free school transport and in year 10 or 12, we are currently trying to contact parents directly if their children are provided free school transport via an arranged taxi.

If your child is eligible for free school transport and is currently in year 10 or 12, and is provided with a free bus pass or train pass, this remains valid until the end of the school year and can be used at non-peak times.

Children in special schools

We are working directly with special schools to finalise transport arrangements for students, so parents should contact their child’s school directly to indicate that transport is required.