School Transport

This webpage explains the responsibilities of parents/carers and Cumbria County Council regarding home to school transport, post 16 transport, spare seat scheme and special education needs transport.


School Transport - Apply early and don't miss the bus!

Please be aware the deadline for Home to School Transport applications for September 2017 has now passed, any new applications submitted may not have transport in place for the start of the school year.

Online application form for School Transport (Primary and Secondary Pupils)

If your child is currently on school transport and not changing school in September; or you have already applied for school transport, you DO NOT need to resubmit an application form for transport.


Parents/carers of children in reception year to the end of year 11 are responsible for ensuring their child's attendance at school.  This means that parents/carers are responsible for their child's transport arrangements.

 

However, if you live further away than the statutory walking distance from your catchment or nearest qualifying school or you fall within the "low income group", transport arrangements are the County Council's responsibility for children until the end of Year 11.  Such transport is free.

 

If you would like to apply for home to school transport please read the school transport policy and then complete the online application form.  Alternatively print off and complete the application for school transport and post it to the address stated.   

School Transport Policy 2017/2018 (PDF 2MB)

Online applications for school transport (Primary and Secondary Pupils)

Application for school transport (Primary and Secondary Pupils) (PDF 85kb)

Please be aware that all pupils, parents/carers and transport operators need to adhere to both the Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies below.

Behaviour Policy (PDF 188kb)

www.cumbria.gov.uk/eLibrary/view.asp?ID=93158

Safeguarding children and adults at risk (PDF 303kb)

The County Council has discretion to grant assistance in exceptional circumstances.  In addition all applications have a right of appeal if they think the above arrangements have not been applied correctly.  All appeals should be sent in writing to the Transport Team, Parkhouse Building, Kingmoor Park, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4SJ.

Home to school transport appeals process (PDF 26kb)

Free transport for Post 16 Students will only be available from Cumbria County Council in the following circumstances:

  • Qualifying Post 16 students from 'low income' families.

  • Qualifying Post 16 students who have a learning difficulty and/or disability.

If you would like to apply for Post 16 (low income) transport, please read the Post 16 Transport Low Income Criteria and then complete the Post 16 Transport Low Income Application Form.

Post-16 Transport Low Income Criteria (PDF 189kb)

Post-16 Transport Low Income Application Form (PDF 151kb)

If you are un-entitled to Post 16 (Low Income) transport, please contact your school or college to see if they would be able to assist you with your transport arrangements.  Further information can be found on the Transport Policy Statements.

Post-16 Transport Policy Statement 2017-18 (PDF 2.6MB)

Please be aware that all pupils, parents/carers and transport operators need to adhere to both the Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies below.

Behaviour Policy (PDF 188kb)

Safeguarding children and adults at risk (PDF 303kb)

If your child does not have an entitlement to transport and there are spare seats available, your child may be able to travel as a 'Spare Seats Scheme' passenger.

If you would like to apply for a 'Spare Seat', please read the Spare Seat Scheme Policy and then complete the Application for Spare Seat Scheme Form.

NB: Availability of spare seats will not be  known until after the start of the academic year.  This is likely to be as late as October half term.  It must be stressed that, until you are advised by this office that a seat is available, you must make appropriate arrangements to get your child to school.

Spare Seat Scheme Policy - Years Reception to 11 (2017-2018) (PDF 1MB)

Application for Spare Seat Scheme Form (PDF 103kb)

Please be aware that all pupils, parents/carers and transport operators need to adhere to both the Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies below.

Behaviour Policy (PDF 188kb)

Safeguarding children and adults at risk (PDF 303kb)

Home to School transport for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is provided by Cumbria County Council's Transport Services Team.  Transport entitlement is identified by Children's Services Assessment Officers.

Guidance for Parents and Guardians is available in the document below.

Home to School Transport Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) (PDF 378kb)

Contact details of Lead Education Officers can be found by using the link below:

Cumbria's SEND Local Offer

If your child loses their travel pass, a replacement may be obtained from the Commissioning Procurement & Contract Management Team at a charge of £ 10.00.

Please telephone 01228 226427 or 226428 to order a replacement pass, please have your child's name, date of birth, name of school and payment details to hand.

Route information for schools in the Allerdale & Copeland Retender area:

Route Information