School Transport

Privilege Seat Scheme

Privilege seats

Privilege seats may be available for parents/guardians to buy if their child is not eligible for Local Authority funded transport help and would like for them to travel on a contracted school bus. This includes sixth form students.

How to Apply

Please make an online application from 9am on Wednesday 16th December 2020. The form can be accessed via the 'Do It Online' tab above and is called an Application for a Privilege Seat on School Transport.

Please be aware that from this date applications will be processed and seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If it is not possible to offer a seat, your child will be added to a waiting list for the service applied for and you will be notified of this. Please see the list at the bottom of this webpage for the full list of services and seat availability.

Timetable and route information on bus services can be accessed via the ‘School Bus Routes’ tab above.

Please be aware that services are different from last academic year so please ensure you review the list and apply for the correct bus service.

Post-16 Students

We are now welcoming applications from sixth form students. Please make an application if you want to be considered.

What happens once an application is made

Applications are be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and the Transport Team aim to process applications within 5 working days.

If your child is offered a seat, you will be sent an email with details of how you can pay. You will have two weeks to pay for your child’s seat. If you require transport before your payment deadline date you will need to pay as soon as possible and before travel is required.

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.

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

Ticket Costs and Payment

The cost of a ticket from September 2020 is £390 for the full year or £195 per year for an AM or PM only ticket. This can be paid in half term instalments, termly payments or a one-off payment for the whole year.

If your child has been selected as having a seat you will need to make payment by the deadline which is 2 weeks from the date of the offer email. If you require transport before your payment deadline date you will need to pay as soon as possible and before travel is required.

If you have not made payment by the deadline 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 should you want to take up a seat again. This means that you may not receive an additional offer and your child will be added to a waiting list.

The cost of a ticket is detailed below:

  • 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.

Should you have difficulty in making payment by the deadline please contact the Transport Team. To contact us please use our online send a message to service form.

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. Should you have a query which is not answered please contact the Transport Team using our online send a message to service form.

Privilege seat services you can apply for

 Bus service Notes 
 200 12 seats remaining
 201 0 seats remaining. Currently there is a waiting list of 12 students. New applicants are added to the end of the waiting list.
 202 0 seats remaining. Currently there is a waiting list of 11 students. New applicants are added to the end of the waiting list.
 212 1 seat remaining. Due to a change in legislation we can only offer seats on this service to those living in Niton or Whitwell.
 214 14 seats remaining. Due to a change in legislation we can only offer seats on this service to those living in Niton or Whitwell.
 215 12 seats remaining. Due to a change in legislation we can only offer seats on this service to those living in Arreton and Winford.