How to apply for transport assistance to a mainstream school

How to apply

For mainstream schools the parent/carer must submit an online application form.

Parents/carers should submit applications for the 2022 to 2023 school year by 24 June 2022.

Late applications will still be processed but transport may not be in place for the beginning of the school year.

Parents/carers will receive an email through the online portal confirming the outcome of their application.

When to reapply

You do not need to reapply when:

  • your child receives HCC funded transport because they meet the eligibility criteria and
  • is remaining at the same school in September and
  • your circumstances have not changed.

You do need to reapply when:

  • your child's home address changes or
  • the school they are attending changes or
  • any other personal details that may affect their eligibility for transport assistance changes.

If any of the above apply, parents/carers must submit a new application form and eligibility for transport assistance will be reassessed. It can take up to 15 working days to rearrange transport and in the meantime it is your responsibility to get your child to school.

Making arrangements for your child

In-year applications can take up to 15 working days from receipt of an application to assess eligibility and make the transport arrangements.

The deadline for September 2022 applications is 24 June 2022. Applications received after this date will still be processed but transport may not begin until after the term has started. Summer intake applications can take significantly longer to process than 15 working days. On-time applicants will be notified of their eligibility status and transport arrangements before term begins but this may be very close to the start of term. This is because we work throughout the summer re-organising much of the transport that is required in each new school year.

Applications being considered as an exception to policy can take significantly longer to process. In these cases parents/carers are notified in due course.