Transport to the normal area school
We provide assistance with transport for full-time infant, junior and primary school pupils who do not live within walking distance of their normal area school. This distance as defined in the Education Act 1996, is 2 miles for children under 8 and 3 miles for children over 8, and is measured by the shortest available route.
We normally determine distance measurements using a computerised Geographical Information Mapping System (GIS) using Ordnance Survey information. Distance measurements for existing users (prior to September 2014) may include routes and distance measurements we already hold on file.
There may be exceptions to this if we agree that the route to the normal area school is dangerous for a child (accompanied if necessary) to undertake on foot.
Transport to other schools
Parents who send their child to a school which is not their normal area school will not normally receive assistance with transport. Children living outside the county attending Derbyshire schools should apply to their home council.
However, assistance with transport will be provided when a child attends a school, other than the normal area school, which is beyond the 2 or 3 mile limit as outlined but is closer to the child's home than the normal area school
Transport to faith schools
We ceased to provide a transport subsidy to faith schools from September 2015. Protection was given for pupils in key years, that is those entering years 6 and 11 in 2015 who were previously entitled by right to assistance. We no longer contract any buses to provide transport to faith schools from September 2016.
September 2016 onwards
We give a grant to a hardship fund which is to be administered by the relevant Diocesan authorities. These grants are intended to be used in support of families and pupils particularly disadvantaged by the changes. In particular, those identified as especially vulnerable, which includes pupils living some distance from others travelling to the school and without an alternative means of transport for whom the costs may be prohibitive. Applications will be dealt with by the relevant Diocesan authority directly.
Free school transport
Children of primary age who are entitled to free school meals or whose families get the maximum level of Working Tax Credit are entitled to free transport to a school which is the nearest suitable school to the home address and over 2 miles distance (that is, there are no closer schools).
Information on free home to school transport is available on our school transport page. Please note this policy is subject to change.
Each year we will check whether parents are still eligible for transport assistance. If parents are no longer eligible, for example because they no longer receive relevant benefits, parents may have to meet their child's transport costs.
Getting your child to school
Bus passes or refunds are issued where appropriate and special contract transport is arranged if public transport is not available.
Spare places on a contract bus may be provided on a concessionary basis for children who are not normally entitled to free transport, however a fare will be charged.
You can also view our policy on transport to secondary schools or our sustainable modes of travel strategy.