Eligibility Criteria – applying for school transport

Based on the criteria below, if you believe you are eligible for school transport, please complete a School Transport Application Form. If you haven’t already, you will need to sign up to our Citizen Portal before being able to complete an application.

We will aim to process your application and if eligible arrange transport within 15 school working days. Please note that if there is no current transport provision available or if you are in temporary accommodation it will likely exceed this. If transport is agreed for your child please be advised that throughout your child’s eligibility the provider of the transport may change which may also mean that pick up/drop off times may vary if you are on a contracted provision route.

Please note – if eligible, our default offer for passengers is a bus pass for use on public transport.

There are two grounds on which children qualify for home to school transport:

Criteria 1 - Distance grounds

To be eligible for free home to school transport on distance grounds, you must live over the statutory distance from your child’s nearest qualifying school. The statutory distances are:

Age Statutory distance from home 
Children who are between 4 and 7 years Two miles or more miles from the nearest qualifying school, measured by the shortest available safe walking route, provided they attend school all day
Children who are between 8 and 16 years (or for children up to and including Year 11) Three miles or more to their nearest qualifying school, measured by the shortest available safe walking route

If a child lives within the statutory walking distance to their nearest qualifying school, but the route is not safe (even when accompanied), the council will make free transport available.

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Criteria 2 - Distance and Low Income grounds

To qualify for free school transport on distance and low income grounds, you must meet the following criteria:

Age Statutory distance from home
Children who are between 8 and 11 years Receive free school meals or whose parents receive the maximum level of Working Tax Credit; and attend the nearest qualifying school and live more than two miles but less than six miles from that school.

Children who are between 11 and 16 years (school years 7 to 11 inclusive)

Receive free school meals or whose parents receive the maximum level of Working Tax Credit; and attend one of their three nearest qualifying schools and live more than two miles but less than six miles from that school

The maximum travelling time to or from schools that is considered reasonable by the council is 45 minutes for children of primary school age and 75 minutes by young people attending secondary school.

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Adult Bus Pass

 An Adult Bus Pass may be provided for an adult to accompany a child under 8 years old.  

Children Living in Temporary Accommodation

For families placed in temporary accommodation Home to School Transport is only applicable where full duty to re-house is confirmed and it is established that the housing placement is anticipated to be for less than one school term.  Families who are anticipated to be placed in temporary accommodation for more than one school term should make an application for a more local school place.

Please be aware that the Education Access team is unable to progress an application for Home to School Transport until this information has been verified by the Housing team.  If you wish to check the status of your housing application ahead of making a Home to School Transport application please email homeless.enquiries@milton-keynes.gov.uk  or call 01908 253481.

Post 16 Students

Milton Keynes Council does not provide universal Free Home to School Travel (HTST) for post 16 students who live in Milton Keynes and attend sixth from, sixth form colleges and colleges of further education.  There are however some circumstances where support with travel will be provided. Please see our post 16 policy for more information.

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Last Updated: 25 March 2020