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Who can get free school transport

We provide free school transport for some children who live further away from school. Find out if you can apply


Who can get free school transport

Usually we can provide free public transport from home to school if your child is:

  • under 8 years of age and lives more than two miles from the appropriate school, which is the closest school to the main home address that had an available place
  • over 8 years of age and live more than three miles from the appropriate school, which is the closest primary or junior school to the main home address that had an available place or the catchment area secondary school that had an available place

Most children in Brighton & Hove live within the walking distance of the school and won't be able to get free transport.

Families on low income

If you get maximum Working Tax Credit or free school meals for your child, we can provide free public transport for your child if they are:

  • 8 to 11 years old and live more than two miles from the school (closest school to the main home address that had an available space)
  • 11 to 16 years old and they go to school that is 2 to 6 miles away (as long as there are not 3 or more suitable schools nearer to the home)

We may ask you to email us copies of documents that prove you have a low income.

Children with special educational needs or disabilities

Your child may get help with transport if they can't walk to school because of special educational needs and disabilities or mobility problems. We may ask you to email us copies of documents that prove this.

If your child goes to a special school, please get in touch with the school to ask about help with transport.

Special reasons for transport

Your child may get help with transport if you as the parent or carer have a medical problem, such as a disability or a long term health condition, that stops you from being able to take your child to school.

More information

Download the Home to school transport policy (PDF 609KB) for more information about who can apply for school transport.

Email hometoschooltransport@brighton-hove.gov.uk for more information, to check if you can apply or to make a complaint about school transport.

Read our Guide to apply for a primary school place (PDF 3MB) and Guide to apply for a secondary school place (PDF 1.3MB).