School Transport

Privilege Seat Scheme - Academic Year 2018/19

 Service Update

Privilege seat scheme applications for the start of the academic year 2018/19 have now closed and been processed by the Transport Team.  There is no further application window before September 2018.

If you have already applied you can view the status of your application online and where appropriate also make a payment online by logging into your My Account here.  

Please note:   Dates for the next privilege seat window are yet to be decided and will be publicised through schools, the Council website and Council social media.

Privilege seats

Privilege seats are available for parents/guardians to purchase if their child is not eligible for a free term ticket and would like for them to travel on a contracted school bus service. This information is valid for transport from September 2018.

Sixth form student applications

We are yet to set a date for sixth form students to apply, however, we do know this date will not be before the first half-term of the academic year (October 2018). Confirmation of the application window for sixth form students will be advertised nearer the time. Sixth form students are expected to make their own transport arrangements in the meantime.

How the process works once an application is submitted and received

After the application window closes the Transport Team starts the allocation process.

An automated, random-number generator (randomiser) will be used to allocate children to bus services. All submitted applications will have a reference number and will be grouped together by the service requested on the form. All reference numbers will be entered, once, into the randomiser and the order in which the randomiser places the reference numbers will be recorded against the application. We shall then allocate the number of seats available to those in the order which the randomiser has generated.

Example: Please note that below is just an example and may not represent the actual number of seats available.

There are 35 seats available on service 401 and we receive 40 applications for that service. All 40 applications will have a reference number and all 40 reference numbers will be placed into the randomiser at the same time. The randomiser will then randomly order those 40 reference numbers from 1 to 40. The order will be recorded against the application and the first 35 will be offered a privilege seat. The remaining 5 applicants will go on a waiting list for that service, in the order the randomiser has generated.

Please be aware that making a privilege seat application does not guarantee a seat.


Contacting parents/guardians with the outcome

We shall endeavour to contact all parents/guardians via the email address on the application form by 10th August 2018.

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 as and when seats become available.

If you have applied for more than one bus service

If you have applied for more than one bus service the randomiser may allocate your child to one or more of the requested services so please ensure you have stated your order of preference on your application forms. If you have not stated an order of preference your child will be allocated to a service automatically and your child will not be able to transfer to a different service.

If you have applied for more than one bus service and the randomiser allocates to one service but not the others chosen, your child will not be placed on the waiting list for the other services.

Ticket Costs and Payment

The cost of a ticket from September 2018 is £390 per year or £195 per year for an AM or PM only ticket. This can be paid in half term instalments, term payments or a one-off payment for the year. 

If your child has been selected as having a seat you will need to make payment by the deadline of 24 August 2018. See below for a further breakdown of costs.

  • Up to a full term £130.00
  • Up to half term £65.00
  • Up to a full term AM or PM only £65.00
  • Up to half term AM or PM only £32.50

If you have not made any kind of payment by 24 August 2018 it will be assumed that you do not want to take up the offer of a privilege seat and the seat will 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 contact the Transport Team before the deadline. To contact us please use our online send a message to service form.

If you are also applying for free transport under low income criteria, please let the Transport Team know as this may affect when you need to pay.

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

Further information

Please view the FAQ section available via the 'FAQ' tab above for answers to frequently asked questions. Should you have a query which is not answered please contact the Transport Team using our online send a message to service form.

For any queries or enquiries regarding privilege seats in the current academic year 2017/18, please use our online send a message to service form.

Privilege seat services you can apply for:

 Bus Service

* indicates service to change from September 2018