Free and partially subsidised transport to school

6. Apply or renew

The first time you apply or if your child is new to secondary school you will need to complete the application form below and return it by email to your area education office.

You will need to provide a passport type photograph for secondary school pupils. Please send it as a jpeg with your application form.

Renewing your pass

Once your application is granted, you do not need to reapply each year unless your child is starting secondary school.

If you are still entitled, your new pass will be sent out at the end of July.

If your child is transferring from primary to secondary school we will send you an application form (usually in May) if we think your child is eligible. If you have not received your form by 31 May and think you may be entitled contact the School Traveline on 0300 123 6738.

If your child has a Gold pass, it will remain in use until the expiry date on the front of the pass. It will not be renewed each year.

We will contact you if:  

  • Your child is attending a faith school and you are paying the denominational charge - we will contact you around 7 May to confirm you are willing to pay the charge.
  • Your child gets free transport on the grounds that they get free school meals - we will let you know if you no longer qualify before your pass is due to be sent out (around 22 July)
  • You get the maximum amount of working tax credit and this is the grounds for your child getting free transport - we will contact you on or around 10 June each year to confirm you are still eligible¬†

Please contact us if your circumstances change, you change address or your child changes school.

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