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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.  This will change to three miles from 18 April 2016.  Parents of pupils who are currently receiving school transport will be advised by letter if their address will still qualify for free school transport from 18 April 2016.  You can use the safe walking route directory to check addresses deemed as safe or unsafe following a road safety assessment.

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 (from November 2015 - 17 April 2016)
  • if they live three miles or more from their catchment secondary school by the shortest safe walking route (from 18 April 2016 onwards)
  • if they live two miles or more from their catchment secondary school by the shortest safe walking route and are in receipt of free school meals (from 18 April 2016 onwards)
  • 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.  

How to apply

Primary school transport

  • Primary school transport is not affected by changes to qualifying distance and you can continue to use the school transport online form to make your application.

Secondary school transport  - applications from November 2015 - 17 April 2016
If you require secondary school transport for your child during the period from November 2015 - 17 April 2016, please download this school transport application form (pdf) and send the completed form to:

Secondary school transport  - applications from 18 April 2016 onwards
If you require secondary school transport for your child from 18 April 2016 onwards, you can apply for school transport by completing the school transport online form.  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: 01698 454102
Email: Education support services helpline