School Transport

The online application form will be unavailable from 15:00 Tuesday afternoon (23/04/2019) until 12:00 noon Wednesday (24/04/2019) as the system is being upgraded.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

We are currently reviewing and updating the content of these School Transport pages.

This webpage explains the responsibilities of parents/carers and Cumbria County Council regarding home to school transport, post 16 transport, spare seat scheme and special education needs transport.


School Transport - Apply early and don't miss the bus!

The Council can receive a home to school transport application at any time during the school year, however for children starting primary and secondary school in September applications are to be submitted by 31st May 2019.

Online home to school transport application form

If your child is currently on home to school transport and is not changing school in September, or you have already applied for school transport, you DO NOT need to resubmit a home to school transport application.


The Home to School Transport Policy explains, to parents and carers of children aged 5 to 16 years the arrangements the Council has put in place for home to school transport.

Parents and carers (hereafter parents) of school aged children are responsible for ensuring their children attend school, this responsibility includes making arrangements for them to travel to and from school. The Council have a duty under the Education Act to provide home to school transport for children resident in Cumbria when they meet specific criteria.

Before submitting a home to school application parents are asked to read and consider the main conditions and limitations of home to school transport described in the Home to School Transport Policy.

Home to School Transport Policy 2019/2020 

Online applications for school transport (Primary and Secondary Pupils)

Please be aware that all pupils, parents/carers and transport operators need to adhere to both the Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies below.

Behaviour Policy (PDF 188kb)

Travel Safety Policy

Safeguarding children and adults at risk (PDF 303kb)

Free transport for Post 16 Students will only be available from Cumbria County Council in the following circumstances:

  • Qualifying Post 16 students from 'low income' families.

  • Qualifying Post 16 students who have a learning difficulty and/or disability.

If you would like to apply for Post 16 (low income) transport, please read the Post 16 Transport Low Income Criteria and then complete the Post 16 Transport Low Income Application Form.

Post-16 Transport Low Income Criteria (PDF 189kb)

Post-16 Transport Low Income Application Form (PDF 151kb)

If you are un-entitled to Post 16 (Low Income) transport, please contact your school or college to see if they would be able to assist you with your transport arrangements.  Further information can be found on the Transport Policy Statements.

Post-16 Transport Policy Statement 2018-19 (PDF 2.6MB)

Please be aware that all pupils, parents/carers and transport operators need to adhere to both the Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies below.

Behaviour Policy (PDF 188kb)

Safeguarding children and adults at risk (PDF 303kb)

If your child does not have an entitlement to transport and there are spare seats available, your child may be able to travel as a 'Spare Seats Scheme' passenger.

If you would like to apply for a 'Spare Seat', please read the Spare Seat Scheme Policy and then complete the Application for Spare Seat Scheme Form.

NB: Availability of spare seats will not be  known until after the start of the academic year.  This is likely to be as late as October half term.  It must be stressed that, until you are advised by this office that a seat is available, you must make appropriate arrangements to get your child to school.

Spare Seat Scheme Policy - Years Reception to 11 (2018 - 2019) (PDF 1.5MB)

Spare Seat Scheme Policy - Years Reception to 11 (2017-2018) (PDF 1MB)

Application for Spare Seat Scheme Form (PDF 103kb)

Please be aware that all pupils, parents/carers and transport operators need to adhere to both the Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies below.

Behaviour Policy (PDF 188kb)

Safeguarding children and adults at risk (PDF 303kb)

Home to School transport for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is provided by Cumbria County Council's Transport Services Team.  Transport entitlement is identified by Children's Services Assessment Officers.

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If your child loses their travel pass, a replacement may be obtained from the Commissioning Procurement & Contract Management Team at a charge of £ 10.00.

Please telephone 01228 226427 or 226428 to order a replacement pass, please have your child's name, date of birth, name of school and payment details to hand.