Apply for school transport

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If you don’t live near a school, your children may be eligible for free transport. The criteria are different for different types of school, so check carefully to see if you qualify.

Primary school transport

To qualify for primary school transport, your child must live 2 or more miles from the nearest school, measured by the shortest walking distance Transport is only provided to the school that normally takes pupils from the area where they live.

Linking transport is only provided for primary school pupils who qualify for free transport and who live at least a mile from a main school transport route.

You should return your application forms at the same time as the Primary School Admission Form.

Secondary school transport (up to Year 11)

To qualify for secondary school transport, your child must live 3 or more miles from the nearest school, measured by the shortest walking distance. Transport is only provided to the school that normally takes pupils from the area where they live

Linking transport is only provided for secondary school pupils who qualify for free transport and who live at least 2 miles from a main school transport route.

You should return your application forms at the same time as the Secondary School Admission Form.

Welsh Medium

Transport is provided for pupils in Welsh medium education to designated schools:

To From
Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera Sennybridge, Swansea Valley and Pontneath vaughan
Llanfyllin High School Guilsfield
Caereinion High School Newtown and Welshpool allocation areas (excluding Guilsfield)
Builth Wells High School Llandrindod and Presteigne allocation areas

When a pupil finishes Year 11 they come off the school transport lists and if they still need school transport they will need to apply every academic year. If you qualify you will get a form to fill in. If you stop using school transport you should tell the Admissions and Transport Team immediately.

Students who study at a second school/college under collaborative curriculum arrangements can also get transport. You will need to complete a separate application form for each school/college site you wish to study at.

Further information is available from the Admissions and Transport Team.

To Special Schools/Specialist Centres in Powys

Transport is provided between home and school for all pupils with special needs. Escorts are provided on some vehicles.

To provision outside Powys

Transport is provided for pupils who attend special schools outside the county. Residential pupils at schools in neighbouring counties have transport provided on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. Pupils at special schools in distant counties have transport provided between home and school at the beginning and end of terms and for half-term holidays.

Statemented pupils in mainstream schools

A Statement of Special Educational Needs does not entitle a pupil to school transport unless they go to a specialist centre hosted by the school and live further than the minimum distance from the centre. Otherwise, the pupil must meet the same criteria to qualify for home to school transport as pupils who do not have statements. 

In bad weather

In severe winter weather and in emergencies school transport may be cancelled and/or schools may close early. You should be aware of this, and if you decide to take your children to school in bad weather, you may need to bring them home.

Find out if a school is open or closed using our Schools Closures System.

You have a right of appeal if we decide not to award the provision of free school transport.

Vacant seat payment scheme

If you live too close to the school to qualify for free transport, but are near an existing school transport route, you can apply to use a vacant seat. There is a fee for this.

Please note that routes can’t be altered to collect pupils who use the Vacant Seat Payment Scheme – you’ll have to get to an existing route yourself. If more space on school transport is needed for qualifying pupils, your seat may be withdrawn.

You can get more information and an application form from the Passenger Transport Unit, County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LG

Safety code

All pupils using school transport must obey the safety rules. These are listed on the application form. The Safety Code is attached to the application form and should be retained by the pupil.

More Information

Current home to school transport policy

* Although the revised Home to School/College Transport Policy was approved in 2010 implementation was delayed to enable consultation to take place with those affected by the new transport arrangements.

Following consultation in 2012, the Authority continues to make provision to the closest or allocated school and also makes provision on joint transport for Roman Catholic families living in the Newtown catchment area to St Mary’s Catholic School, Newtown.  The Vacant Seat Payment Scheme continues to be available to pupils who attend a school other than the closest or allocated school.

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