Isle of Wight Council

School Transport

Privilege Seat Scheme

Service update - academic year 2022/23

The application window has now closed. A new window will open after the start of the academic year 2022/23.

If you would like your child to travel on a contracted school bus, privilege seats may be available for you to buy. Your child must not be eligible for local authority funded transport help.

When to apply

The application window is now closed. A new window will open after the start of the academic year 2022/23.

You can apply for any school bus service that has space but please be aware that there will be a limited number of seats available. A list of services available can be found below. View timetable and route information on bus services.

Making a privilege seat application does not guarantee a seat.

Post-16 students

When the application window opens, we will not be accepting applications for post-16 students. There may be an opportunity to apply later in the year but only after the start of the academic year. We are unable to confirm the date at this stage. Sixth form students are expected to make their own transport arrangements.

Seat allocation process

After the application window closes the Transport team will start the allocation process. All submitted applications are given a reference number. A random number generator (RNG) will be used to allocate children to bus services.

For example, there are 46 seats available on service 201 and we receive 50 applications for that service. All 50 applications will have a reference number and all 50 reference numbers will be placed into the RNG at the same time. The RNG will then order those 50 reference numbers from one to 50. The order will be recorded against the application and the first 46 will be offered a privilege seat. The remaining four applicants will go on a waiting list for that service, in the order the RNG has generated.

The above is just an example and may not represent the actual number of seats available.

Outcome contacting

We will aim to contact you using the email address on the application form by 22 July 2022.

If your child has been selected as having a seat, you will be sent details of how you can pay.

If your child has not been successful in securing a seat, they will be placed on a waiting list for the service(s) applied for. You will be notified that your child is on the waiting list(s) and you will then be contacted when seats become available.

Ticket costs and payment

The cost of a ticket from September 2022 is:

 Ticket type  Whole year  Full term  Half term
 am and pm  £390.00  £130.00  £65.00
 am or pm only  £195.00  £65.00  £32.50

These can be paid in half term payments, full term payments or a one-off payment for the whole year. You will need to make payment by the deadline which is two weeks from the date of the offer email.

Failure to pay by the deadline will result in your privilege seat offer being removed. Your seat will then be offered to a child that may be on the waiting list. You would then need to reapply during a new application window should you want to take up a seat again.

Should you have difficulty in making payment by the deadline please send a message to the Transport team.

Please remember that if you have not made payment your child will not be permitted to travel. This will be strictly enforced.

Seat services availability

Bus service

Seat availability

200 2
201 25
202 15
205 8
207 2
208 5
209 15
212 5
213 5
214 8
215 8