Check if you are eligible

Find out if your child is eligible for free transport, a free travel pass or travel expenses

Pupils with special educational needs or with an education health and care plan

The Children’s Services Department assesses transport entitlement for children with a statement of SEN or an EHCP.

Guidance about transport to school for children with a statement of SEN or an EHCP

Mainstream pupils

Your child qualifies for free transport if they attend the nearest catchment school or one that is nearer to your home, and the distance (measured by the nearest available walking route) is:

  • year R to 3: more than two miles
  • year 4 to 11: more than three miles (this is reduced to more than two miles if your child meets low income criteria)

Where parents name the designated catchment school as one of their 3 preferences and a place is not available, assistance may be offered to the next closest school, where the walking distance criteria are met according to year group above.

If your child is not eligible

If your child does not qualify for travelling expenses, you can apply for them to be a 'privilege' passenger on school transport.

Privilege places are available if the vehicle is contracted by Hampshire County Council to transport children and there are spare seats.

A place can be withdrawn at short notice if it is needed for a child who qualifies for free transport.

Post 16 students with special educational needs

There is no automatic entitlement to free home to school or college transport once a student is over 16.

Post 16 Transport 2018/19

Post-16 Transport Guidance Notes

Post 16 mainstream transport

There is no automatic entitlement to free home to school or college transport once a student is over 16.

Post 16 transport policy guidance

Policy document

For full details of eligibility see the Home to School Transport Policy document