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A place can be withdrawn at short notice if it is needed for a child who qualifies for free transport.

The cost of 2016/2017 privilege transport is £555 per academic year (£185 per term).  This is a flat rate charge per child regardless of the distance travelled or the number of days used per week.  If your child qualifies for free school meals due to low income, the fee may be waived.

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.

Please be aware that the Post-16 Transport policy for 2018/19 is being considered following a recent consultation. The new policy has not yet been determined and we are unable to confirm individual student’s eligibility until the outcome of this consultation is known. The Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services will be considering any proposed revisions to the policy at his Decision Day Meeting on the 9 May 2018.

The Post-16 Transport policy 2018/19 will be published on 31 May 2018.

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