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Step 2: Apply for free under-16 home to school transport


Summary of this step

You must check if your child will automatically be considered for free home to school transport, or if you need to apply online.


How you apply for free home to school transport will depend on when you have applied for your child's school place, or your circumstances:

If you apply on-time for a school place during the normal admissions round

If you apply on-time for a reception, Year 3 or Year 7 place for initial entry in September and receive a school place on national offer day, we will automatically assess your child's eligibility for free home to school transport. You do not need to apply separately for this unless your address has changed since applying for a school place.

  • For year 7 entry we will write to you by the end of April in the year of admission if your child is entitled to free home to school transport.
  • For reception and year 3 entry we will write to you by the end of June in the year of admission if your child is entitled to free home to school transport.

If you think your child may be eligible for free home to school transport and you haven't heard from us by the relevant date, then you should contact us.

If your address changes after applying for a school place

If you have moved address since applying for a school place, and you believe that you may be eligible for free home to school transport, you will need to complete an application. You should do this as soon as possible.

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If you apply late for a school place or your allocated school changes

If either of the following apply:

  • you apply late for a school place and receive your offer of a place after the national offer day, or
  • your allocated school changes (for example, following a waiting list offer or a successful appeal)

then, if you believe that you may be eligible for free home to school transport, you should apply as soon as possible to ensure transport is in place for September.

For applications received by the end of May, we aim to tell you the outcome by the end of June. For later applications, we will tell you the outcome by the end of June or within three weeks of receiving your application, whichever is the later.

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If you apply for a school place outside the normal admissions round (in-year admission)

If you believe you may be eligible for free home to school transport you should complete the application form as soon as possible. We aim to tell you the outcome within 15 days of receiving a completed application.

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Free school meals and Working Tax Credit

If you believe your child is eligible for free home to school transport because they are eligible for free school meals or you receive maximum Working Tax Credit, you will need to complete the application form. If you are successful you will need to resubmit evidence of your entitlement every year in order for transport to continue.

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