Each day we provide, and fund, school bus services for more than 8,000 pupils who attend schools and colleges across Derbyshire. Most services are funded by us although some are provided commercially by bus and coach operators, or by parent bus clubs and schools. A range of vehicles are used to transport students and this includes minibuses, buses, coaches, double deck vehicles and the train.
Free school transport
Entitlement to transport assistance is assessed by the school admissions and transport team.
Our home to school transport policy is attached to this page.
Arrangements for children entitled to free school transport
Students who are entitled to receive free school transport are normally issued with a bus pass to travel on a dedicated school bus service or a public bus service. However, families who live in rural areas where transport options are sometimes limited may be entitled to receive a refund of travelling expenses for either the journey to the nearest bus stop, or direct to school if no suitable bus service is available.
Can children who don't get a free bus pass still travel on the school bus?
Students who are not entitled to any help with transport costs may still be able to travel and pay a fare to the driver for each journey they make. However, this is only available on school bus services that are registered to take paying passengers. Typically, services that are not available to fare paying pupils are those that operate to denominational (faith) schools and those that are operated by minibuses.
Families can apply to buy a pass for transport on these services. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01629 536740 or 01629 536749.
Children who attend a college or sixth form
Free school transport is not available from us for students once they finish year 11. There is more information about what help is available on our post-16 travel page.
Other help with travel costs
You may be able to get help with travel costs through our b_line scheme for all young people aged 11 to 18 (opens in a new window).
Bus timetables and routes
Information for dedicated school bus services is currently not available online but we are looking to change this in the near future.
If you would like information for a specific service, or school, please contact us, email: email@example.com or tel: 01629 536740 or 01629 536749.
Public bus services
Information for public bus services, and registered school bus services, is available from Public Transport in Derbyshire (opens in a new window).
For any queries about school transport operations:
Tel: 01629 536740 or 01629 536749.
If you would like to contact somebody about entitlement to free school transport:
Tel: to 01629 537479 or 01629 537499.
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
- Special needs guidelines for parents and carers (631KB)
- Special needs guidelines for schools (347KB)
- Special needs guidelines for drivers and escorts (362KB)
- Special needs guidelines for contractors (316KB)
- Transport policy for children and young people (346KB)
- School Bus Drivers information card (1394KB)
- Special Needs Drivers information card (1374KB)