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School transport

Primary schools

We provide school transport for primary school pupils who live one mile or more from their catchment primary school by the shortest safe walking route.

This may mean being given a bus pass for use on local bus services, contract buses hired for the service, small vehicles (including taxis, private hire cars or minibuses) or the Council's own transport where appropriate.

Primary school pupils may also be entitled to free transport:

  • if they have been recommended for school transport by their doctor and the school medical officer for health reasons
  • if they attend a specialist school or centre recommended by the Council
  • if they have to walk a route which is considered unsafe in relation to the Road Safety Forum guidelines.

Primary one children who only attend in the mornings for the first few weeks of term should be collected by their parents.

Secondary schools

We provide school transport for secondary school pupils who live two miles or more away from the catchment secondary school by the shortest safe walking route.  

Secondary school pupils may also be entitled to free transport:

  • if they live two miles or more from their catchment secondary school by the shortest safe walking route. 
  • if they have been recommended for school transport by their doctor and the school medical officer for health reasons
  • if they attend a specialist school or centre recommended by the Council
  • if they have to walk a route which is considered unsafe in relation to the West of Scotland Road Safety Forum guidelines.

Please note

  • Transport is provided to the nearest reasonable pick-up / drop-off point.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure your child behaves in a safe and acceptable manner while travelling and getting on and off the vehicle.
  • School transport covers one return trip to school. The service does not provide for trips home at lunch time.
  • If your child attends school on a placing request or you have completed a Request to Remain Form, school transport is not provided.

How we calculate walking distance from home to school

The calculation on the measurement of distance from home to school is measured using a Geographical Information System (GIS), which is used for all measurements to ensure that we apply Council policy consistently across the authority.

The Council’s GIS is operated using Ordnance Survey digital mapping products.  The Ordnance Survey is the UK’s national mapping agency, complies with all nationally adopted mapping standards and covers the whole of Great Britain.  

You can use the safe walking route directory to check addresses deemed as safe or unsafe following a road safety assessment.

How to apply

Application forms are also available from the school or by calling our school transport helpline on 01698 454102.

If your child does not qualify for school transport, you may be able to apply for privilege transport.

Education support services helpline

Phone: 0303 123 1023
Email: Education support services helpline

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We may also share your information with debt management organisations engaged by us and the courts in relation to outstanding money owed. We may also share your information for the same purposes with other public organisations, including neighbouring councils that handle public funds, and with the police. We may also share your details with other organisations, including credit reference agencies, to help prevent and detect fraud and to confirm who is resident at an address.

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Where external contractors are appointed to process information on our behalf, there are contracts which require them to keep personal information safe and prohibits them from doing anything with your personal data other than following our instructions.

Statistics and reports

We may use your information (and the occupier’s if different) for related audit, statistics or management information. Personal details will not be used to identify you (and/or the occupier if different) in any reports or analysis or shared with other parts of the council or anyone else. The Council is the data controller for the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Council’s Privacy Policy sets out the high level principles we operate to in using people's personal data.

Last updated 27 January, 2017

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