School Transport

Privilege Seat Scheme - Academic Year 2018/19

 Service Update

Please be aware that the administration of the privilege seat application process has changed to make it quicker and easier. Once your application has been processed by the Transport Team you will be able to see the status of your application online as well as make payment without having to telephone the Council. Also, if you have not received an email from the Transport Team regarding your application, you will still be able to see online whether or not you have been offered a seat.

 

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 October 2018 and includes sixth form students.

How to Apply

You will need to make an online application from 9.30am on Monday 22 October 2018. 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.

Waiting lists already exist for the following services: 301, 306, 309, 322, 412, 502 and 503. If you apply for any of these services your child/children will be added to the end of the waiting list in the order in which applications are received.

Please note: You can only apply for one bus service per application so if you live in an area which is served by more than one bus service, you will need to make separate applications for each of the services you would like your child to be considered for.

Sixth form student applications

We welcome applications for sixth form students from 9.30am on Monday 22 October 2018. If you are a sixth form student or parent of a sixth form student, please make an application in order to be considered for a seat.

How the process works once an application is submitted and received

Applications received from Monday 22 October 2018 will be processed on a first-come first-served basis and the Transport Team aim to process these within 10 working days. You will be sent either an ‘offer’ or ‘waiting list’ email. If you are sent an ‘offer’ email, you will have three weeks to pay for your child’s seat though please bear in mind that payment is required before your child travels on the school bus.

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 within 10 working days. If your child has been selected as having a seat, you will be sent an ‘offer’ email which will contain 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 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 are applying for more than one bus service

If you are applying for more than one bus service please ensure you state your order of preference on all your application forms. If you have applied for more than one bus service and you are offered a seat on one service but not the others your child will not be placed on the waiting list for the other services.

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 for the full 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 which is 3 weeks from the date of the offer email. 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.

This can be paid for in half termly instalments, termly payments or a one-off payment for the rest year. Please note: if your ticket is starting from the second half of a term you will need to pay for the half term first before being able to pay for any remaining terms requested.

If you have not made any kind of payment by the deadline indicated in your email 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.

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.

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.