I am a parent or carer

School and college travel information for families

When choosing a school place, it is important to think about how your child will travel to and from school each day. Most families in Hampshire organise their own home to school journey. Those families may walk, cycle, use public transport, lift-share with other families or take their child to school in their family car.

See our Travel to school page for ideas and information about your child’s journey to school.

There are over 170,000 pupils attending school in Hampshire and over 90% organise their own transport. However, Hampshire County Council has a duty to support some families with their school journey. Families must meet specific criteria to be eligible for this support. School transport assistance costs Hampshire County Council over £30 million every year.

Important updates affecting Year R and Year 3
Please note the following: policy changes effective from September 2019
Year R – policy changes

Year R pupils will only be offered transport assistance from the term following their fifth birthday.

For the 2019/20 school year, parents/carers can buy a seat for the terms before and including their child’s fifth birthday. To do this, parents/carers must submit a privilege transport form for the terms they are not eligible for transport assistance, as well as a standard application form for the terms they are eligible.

Year 3 – policy changes

New Year 3 pupils who live more than two miles but less than three miles from school will lose eligibility for Hampshire County Council funded transport on their eighth birthday.

For the 2019/20 school year, parents/carers can buy the seat for the rest of the school year. To do this, parents/carers must submit a privilege transport form for the rest of the year, as well as a standard application form for the days that they are eligible.

The Council cannot guarantee the same commitment for later years and a privilege seat may not be available to buy for the days your child is not eligible for transport assistance.

If you are currently receiving transport and your contact details have changed complete a new Contact Card.

To contact the Transport Team, email school.transport@hants.gov.uk or phone 01962 846924.