Check for free school transport
See whether you qualify for free transport to secondary school and the route we use to calculate the distance.
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What you need to know
- Results refer to September 2021 entry and in year admissions from September 2020.
- Distances are calculated by road from the address you provide to the nearest accessible secondary school gate.
- The Buckinghamshire UTC is included in the results of this checker. The UTC can be ignored if you are looking for admission to years 7-9 as the UTC only admits children from year 10.
- If we would not be able to offer a place at the nearest school, when it is expressed as a preference, then we may be able to provide free transport to your next nearest school. This is easiest to prove if the nearest school is a higher preference than the offered school.
Your child may also be eligible for free school transport if:
- You are on a low income
- They have Special Educational Needs
- They have a disability or mobility problems and are attending their nearest school
- There is no safe walking route to the school attended and it is the nearest school
How the distances are measured
The checker measures the distance using the Ordnance Survey Integrated Transport Network (ITN) data which is the base data for many online mapping and routing applications. The route measured will start at the point on the road network that is closest to the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) point of the pupil’s home and will end at the point on the road network closest to the nearest school gate. The measurement is taken along the centre of the road and only includes only those footpaths that appear on the ITN dataset.
September 2020 transport – recent changes
On 4/3/2019 the council’s cabinet agreed a change to the Home to School Transport Policy about transport to certain schools. The change took effect from the September 2020 entry to secondary schools. Pre-existing secondary age travellers were unaffected. The change is as follow:
- School children living in the Iver and Wexham areas (attending the Chalfont Community College) and Cheddington, Dagnall, Ivinghoe Aston and Edlesborough (attending the Cottesloe and Tring Schools), who were travelling free of charge, are required to contribute to the cost of transport if they choose not to attend their nearest school. This brought the arrangements in line with the rest of the county – see Appendix 1 of the 2019 Home to School Transport policy.
Please refer to the School Transport Policy for more details on eligibility.