Home to school transport eligibility

Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their child gets to and from school. However in certain circumstances your child may qualify for free transport to school.

In most cases eligible children will be provided with a bus pass for home to school transport. In some cases other transport methods (public bus, taxi) may be provided.

Does my child qualify for free home to school transport?

Your child may be able to get free transport to school if:

The council will provide or arrange free travel arrangements either by dedicated vehicle or bus pass for the following children:​

  • For a child under 8, where the walking distance is more than 2 miles from home to school
  • For a child aged 8 to 16, where the walking distance is more than 3 miles from home to the school
  • For a child where the route has been assessed as unacceptable to walk according to the council’s published criterion
  • See Appendix A of the Home to school transport policy (PDF 258KB)

If you have chosen a school place for your child that is not their nearest suitable or linked school, you will be responsible for the cost of your child’s transport to and from school.

*The nearest suitable school includes single sex and faith schools.

The tables below show which areas free school transport is available from, for each school, if your child is eligible under the above criteria.

Primary schools

School nameFree transport is provided to the following villages
​Badby Primary School​Everdon and Little Everdon
​Blakesley CE Primary School​Adstone, Farthingstone, Litchborough and Maidford and Woodend
​Braunston CE Primary School ​Onley Park
​Brackley C of E Junior School ​Halse, Radstone, Steane & Whitfield
​Brington Primary School ​Nobottle, Whilton and Whilton Locks
​Brixworth CEVC Primary School ​Scaldwell
​Clipston Endowed VC Primary School ​Arthingworth, East Farndon, Great Oxendon, Kelmarsh, Little Oxendon and Marston Trussell
​Cottingham CE Primary School ​Rockingham
​Cranford CE Primary School ​Grafton Underwood, Slipton and Twywell
​Culworth CEVA Primary ​Moreton Pinkney, Sulgrave and Thorpe Mandeville
​Deanshanger Primary School ​Wicken
​Denfield Park Primary School ​Chelveston Base
​Denton Primary School ​Brafield on the Green
​Easton Garford Endowed C of E Primary School ​Collyweston and Duddington
​Glapthorn CE Primary School​Southwick
​Gretton Primary School​Harringworth
​The Grange School​Daventry, Middlemore Development
​Greatworth Primary School​Marston St Lawrence
​Greens Norton CE Primary School​Bradden and Slapton
​Grendon CE Primary School​Castle Ashby and Chadstone
​Gretton Primary Academy​Harringworth
​Guilsborough CEVA Primary School​Coton, Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Hollowell, Ravensthorpe, Teeton and Thornby
​Helmdon Primary School​Astwell and Falcutt
​Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant Unit​Chelveston-cum—Caldecott
​Higham Ferrers Junior School​Chelveston-cum—Caldecott
​King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School ​Apethorpe, Blatherwycke, Bulwick, Deene, Deenethorpe, Fineshade, Laxton and Wakerley
​Little Houghton CEVA Primary School​Great Houghton
​Long Buckby Junior School​Buckby Wharf and Watford
​Maidwell Primary School ​Hanging Houghton and Lamport
​Mears Ashby CEVA (Endowed) Primary School ​Hardwick
​Middleton Cheney Community Primary School​Overthorpe and Warkworth
​Nassington Primary School​Fotheringhay, Woodnewton and Yarwell
​Newbottle and Charlton CEVA Primary School​Aynho
​Oundle CE Primary School ​Ashton, Barnwell, Benefield, Cotterstock, Elmington, Luddington, Stoke Doyle, Tansor and Thurning
​Park Infant School (Raunds) ​Hargrave
​Pattishall CE Primary School​Cold Higham, Fosters Booth, Grimscote
​Paulerspury CE Primary School​Alderton, Pury End and Pury Hill
​Polebrook CE Primary School ​Hemington and Lutton
​Silverstone Infant School​Abthorpe and Wappenham
​Silverstone Junior School​Abthorpe and Wappenham
​Southfield Primary Academy​Evenley and Hinton in the Hedges
​Staverton CEVA Primary School​Catesby and Hellidon
​St Peters CE Academy ​Hargrave
​Trinity CE Primary School ​Achurch, Islip, Lilford-cum-Wigsthorpe, Lowick, Pilton, Sudborough, Thorpe Waterville and Wadenhoe
​Upton Meadows Primary School​Banbury Lane
​Walgrave Primary School​Hannington, Holcot, Old and Walgrave Cherry Tree Estate
​Waynflete Infant School​Halse, Radstone, Steane and Whitfield
​Welford Sibbertoft and Sulby Endowed School​Sibbertoft and Sulby
​Wilbarston CE Primary School ​Ashley, Brampton Ash, Dingley, Stoke Albany, Sutton Bassett and Weston by Welland
​Welton CE Primary School​Ashby St Ledgers
​Woodford Halse CE School​Canons Ashby, Charwelton, Eydon, Little Preston, Preston Capes and West Farndon
​Wootton Primary School​Quinton and Courteenhall
​Yardley Gobion CE Primary School​Grafton Regis
​Yelvertoft Primary School​Clay Coton and Lilbourne

Secondary schools

​School​​Free transport is provided to the following villages
​Bishop Stopford School​Broughton
​Campion School​Astcote, Banbury Lane, Brockhall, Cold Higham, Cornhill, Dalscote, Eastcote, Flore, Fosters Booth, Gayton, Great Brington, Grimscote, Harpole, Kislingbury, Little Brington, Lower Heyford, Milton Malsor, Nether Heyford, Nobottle, Pattishall, Potcote, Rothersthorpe, Upper Heyford, Upton Grange, Whilton and Whilton Locks
​Caroline Chisholm School​Courteenhall and Quinton
​Chenderit School ​Appletree, Aston le Walls, Chacombe, Chipping Warden, Culworth, Edgcote, Farthinghoe, Greatworth, King Sutton, Lois Weedon, Lower Boddington, Marston St Lawrence, Moreton Pinkney, Overthorpe, Plumpton, Stuchbury, Sulgrave, Thenford, Thorpe Mandville, Upper Boddington, Warkworth and Weston
​Corby Business Academy ​Brigstock, Corby, Gretton, Harringworth, Little Oakley, Stanion and Weldon
​Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village​Badby, Byfield, Canons Ashby, Charwelton, Dodford, Everdon, Eydon, Fawsley, Little Preston, Newnham, Preston Capes, Stowe IX Churches, Upper Stowe, Weedon and Woodford Halse
​The Elizabeth Woodville School (South campus)​Alderton, Cosgrove, Grafton Regis, Old Stratford, Paulerspury, Potterspury, Pury End, Puxley, Wicken and Yardley Gobion
​The Elizabeth Woodville School North Campus​Ashton, Blisworth, Collingtree, Collingtree Park, Grange Park, Hackleton, Hartwell, Hardingstone, Horton, Piddington, Preston Deanery, Salcey Forest, Shutlanger, Stoke Bruerne and Wootton Hall Park
​The Ferrers School ​Chelveston-cum-Caldecott
​Guilsborough School​Arthingworth, Buckby Wharf, Clay Coton, Clipston, Cold Ashby, Coton, Cottesbrooke, Crick, East Farndon, East Haddon, Elkington, Great Creaton, Great Oxendon, Haselbech, Holdenby, Hollowell, Hothorpe, Kelmarsh, Lilbourne, Long Buckby, Marston Trussell, Murcott, Naseby, Ravensthorpe, Sibbertoft, Spratton, Sulby, Teeton, Thornby, Watford, Welford, West Haddon, Winwick and Yelvertoft 
​Huxlow Science College​Finedon, Great Addington, Little Addington and Woodford
​Kettering Buccleuch Academy​Geddington, Grafton Underwood, Newton, Warkton and Weekley
​Kettering Science Academy​Broughton, Great Cransley, Little Cransley, Mawsley and Pytchley
​Kingswood Secondary Academy​Cottingham, East Carlton, Middleton and Rockingham
​Latimer Arts College ​Cranford, Isham, Slipton and Twywell
​Magdalen College School​Astwell, Aynho, Charlton, Croughton, Crowfield, Evenley, Falcutt, Halse, Helmdon, Hinton in the Hedges, Newbottle, Pimlico, Radstone, Steane, Syresham and Whitfield
​Manor School Sports College  ​Hargrave and Ringstead
​Montsaye Academy​Arthingworth, Ashley, Brampton Ash, Braybrooke, Desborough, Dingley, Draughton, Glendon, Hanging Houghton, Harrington, Lamport, Loddington, Maidwell, Mawsley, Orton, Pipewell, Rushton, Stoke Albany, Sutton Bassett, Thorpe Malsor, Thorpe Underwood, Weston by Welland and Wilbarston
​Moulton School and Science College​Althorp, Brixworth, Boughton, Chapel Brampton, Church Brampton, Hannington, Harlestone, Holcot, Old, Pitsford, Scaldwell, Sywell (only where distance criteria is met), Upper Harlestone and Walgrave
​Sponne School​Adstone, Abthorpe, Blakesley, Bradden, Caldecote, Farthinghoe, Foxley, Greens Norton, Litchborough, Maidford, Silverstone, Slapton, Tiffield, Wappenham, Whittlebury and Woodend
​The Parker E-ACT Academy  ​Ashby St Ledgers, Barby, Braunston, Catesby, Hellidon, Kilsby, Onley, Onley Park, Staverton and Welton
​The Rushden Community College​Chelveston Base and Newton Bromswold
​Prince William School​Achurch, Aldwincle, Apethorpe, Armston, Ashton, Barnwell, Benefield, Blatherwycke, Bulwick, Clopton, Collyweston, Cotterstock, Deene, Deenethorpe, Denford, Denford Ash, Duddington, Easton on the Hill, Elmington, Fineshade, Fotheringhay, Glapthorn, Hemington, Islip, Kings Cliffe, Laxton, Lilford cum Wigsthorpe, Lowick, Luddington, Lutton, Nassington, Pulton, Polebrook, Southwick, Stoke Doyle, Sudborough, Tansor, Thorpe Waterville, Thrapston, Thurning, Titchmarsh, Wadenhoe, Wakerley, Warmington, Woodnewton and Yarwell
​Southfield School for Girls​Broughton
​Sir Christopher Hatton Academy ​Great Harrowden, Little Harrowden and Orlingbury
​Weavers School​Earls Barton (only where this is the nearest school) and Mears Ashby
​Wollaston School​Bozeat, Brafield on the Green, Castle Ashby, Chadstone, Cogenhoe, Denton, Earls Barton, Easton Maudit, Great Doddington, Great Houghton, Grendon, Irchester, Knuston, Little Houghton, Strixton, Whiston and Yardley Hastings
​Wrenn School​Great Doddington (only where this is the nearest school) and Earls Barton

​If you're on a low income your child may be able to get free transport to school if all the following criteria are met.

Your child must:

  • be of school age
  • attend their nearest suitable or linked school
  • receive free school meals or you receive the maximum amount of Working Tax Credit


  • Children aged 8-10 - the distance from home to their school is more than 2 miles on the shortest available walking route
  • Children aged 11-16 - the distance from home to school is between 2 and 6 miles. (This is increased to 15 miles if they can demonstrate that they have gained a place at a school because of their or their family’s religion or belief)

If eligibility for free school meals or maximum level Working Tax Credit ceases, then free transport will be withdrawn at the end of the academic year.

Where a pupil has a permanent or temporary disability so that they cannot walk even short distances to school, the council will make suitable travel arrangements for the duration of that disability.

Travel arrangements will be agreed for pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan or a statement of SEN where:

  • the pupil lives further than the statutory distance between home and school
  • The local authority has determined the name of the school and type of provision and this meets the criteria for distances above
  • A pupil has a statement of SEN or EHC plan for a severe medical or physical condition and there is detailed written advice from appropriate medical personnel.

Travel arrangements will not be allocated where:

  • the pupil is not attending their local mainstream school, or the nearest suitable special provision, and the school is one of parental preference

Please ensure you have reviewed the SEND area of the Home to school transport policy before applying.

Parents or carers of children who move house during their schooling to an area where another school is the nearest suitable or linked school may either:

  • Apply to move their child to the nearest suitable or linked school for their new address and if successful the policy stated above will apply.
  • Retain the child's place at their current school but they will become responsible for the child's transport provision and costs.

If there are no places available at schools nearer to the new home address than the current school, then the council will provide free travel arrangements to the current school.

Some help may be available in other exceptional circumstances, where, for example, the pupil concerned would otherwise be at risk of harm. Each case will be considered on its own merits.  Please refer to the Home to school transport policy for full terms and conditions:

Where a student qualifies on grounds of low income and also has a learning difficulty or disability which necessitates transport assistance, then transport will be provided free of charge.

Can my child use a school bus if they do not qualify?

​Children who do not qualify for free home to school transport may still be able to use the school transport if:

  • they pay for it
  • there is spare capacity on that service

Spare spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

How to apply for a school bus pass

You will need to complete an application form:

Apply for a bus pass

Can I appeal against a free school transport decision?

​If an application for free transport and assistance is declined, parents may appeal by submitting a written request to escalate the matter to a Stage One Appeal.

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