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The education authority has a policy of providing free transport to secondary pupils who live more than two miles by the recognised shortest walking route from their local school. This policy is one which is more generous than the law requires. This means that the provision of transport could be reviewed at any time.


Pupils who consider that they are eligible should obtain an application form from the school or the education offices. These forms should be completed and returned before the end of February for pupils beginning school in August.
Application may be made at any time in the course of the session, but issuing of the pass may be subject to delay whilst arrangements are being made.

The appropriate officer of the council has discretion, in special circumstances, to grant permission for pupils to travel in transport provided by the authority where spare places are available and no additional costs are incurred.


Where free transport is provided, it may be necessary for pupils to walk a certain distance to the vehicle pick-up point. Walking distance in total, including the distance from home to pickup point and from the drop-off point to the school in any one direction will not exceed the authority’s limits (see above). It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the child arrives at the pick-up point in time. It is also the parent’s responsibility to ensure the child behaves in a safe and acceptable manner whilst boarding, travelling in and alighting from the vehicle. Misbehaviour could result in your child losing the right to free transport.


The education authority does not provide free transport for those pupils in receipt of a placing request place other than in exceptional circumstances and where appropriate legislation applies.