School Transport

Advice for parents, carers and schools


The Government announced that from 15 June 2020, face coverings need to be worn while using public transport services in England.

School transport services are excluded from the face covering requirement, but parents and carers can choose whether they want their child to wear a face covering while travelling. Children under the age of 3 should not wear face coverings, also wearing a face covering won't be appropriate for some children including those with breathing difficulties or some with special educational needs and disabilities. Employees of transport operators, do not have to wear a face covering but might choose to. 

The following tips may be useful for children when wearing face coverings:

  • Face coverings don't need to be medical grade personal protective equipment and people can make their own using scarves or other material. Further information regarding how to make a face covering
  • Coverings must cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably. Children should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before putting their face covering on and after taking it off
  • Children should store their face covering in a plastic bag (such as a sandwich bag) when not in use. They should try not to touch the part of the face covering that has been in contact with their mouth and nose when putting it on and taking it off
  • When wearing a face covering, loose ends should be tucked away. The face covering should not be worn on top of the head or around the neck when not in use
  • You should wash any face coverings regularly. They can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent
  • Encourage children and young people not to share their face covering with anyone else.

For further advice and information please contact the Commissioning, Procurement and Contract Management Team:

Before you submit a home to school application please read and consider the main conditions and limitations of home to school transport which you can find in the guidance in the Home to School Transport (Reception to Year 11) section below.

Applications for the current academic year: 

Apply for transport to start during the current academic year

You will receive an update email with a link to your Citizen Portal message area, within 10 working days 

Applications for next academic year made before the May deadline:

Once your school place has been confirmed - Apply for transport to start for the next academic year 

You will receive an update email with a link to your Citizen Portal message area, and a pass will be sent before the end of August. 

Applications for next academic year made after the May deadline:

Sorry but you have missed the home to school transport application deadline for September.  As you have missed the deadline there could be a long delay in letting you know the outcome of your application.  In this case, even if your child is entitled to free transport, it is unlikely that transport will be in place for September. 

You will receive an update email, with a link to your Citizen Portal message area, as soon as possible.

In the meantime you are responsible, at your own expense, for your child's transport to and from school.

The Home to School Transport guidance explains, to parents and carers of children aged 5 to 16 years the arrangements the Council has put in place for home to school transport.

Parents and carers (hereafter parents) of school aged children are responsible for ensuring their children attend school, this responsibility includes making arrangements for them to travel to and from school. The Council have a duty under the Education Act to provide home to school transport for children resident in Cumbria when they meet specific criteria.

Before submitting a home to school application parents are asked to read and consider the main conditions and limitations of home to school transport described in the Home to School Transport guidance.

Home to school transport guidance 2019/2020 (PDF 1MB) - (currently under review February 2020)

Home to school transport guidance 2020/2021 (PDF 1MB)

Online applications for school transport (Primary and Secondary Pupils)

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)

Travel Safety Policy (PDF 442.1KB)

Safeguarding children and adults at risk (PDF 303KB)

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 2019/2020 (PDF 189kb)

Post-16 Transport low income criteria 2020/2021 (PDF 194KB)

Post-16 Transport low income application form 2019/2020 (PDF 151kb)

Post-16 Transport low income application form 2020/2021 (PDF 214KB)

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 2020/2021 (PDF 2MB)

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 (2019 to 2020 (PDF 1MB)

Spare Seats Scheme Policy - Years Reception to 11 (2020 to 2021) (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.

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If your child loses their travel pass, a replacement may be obtained from the Commissioning Procurement and Contract Management Team at a charge of £11.

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.