Privilege Seat Scheme - Academic Year 2019/20
We are welcoming applications for all students, including sixth formers, who would like to travel on a school bus. Applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis. Some services have limited capacity and these services are listed at the bottom of this webpage. Please ensure you review the services on our webpages to ensure you are applying for the correct bus service(s).
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 2019.
How to Apply
You can make an online application during the next application window which will open at 9am on Wednesday 2 October 2019. The form can be accessed via the 'Do It Online' tab above and is called an ‘Application for a Privilege Seat on School Transport’.
You can apply for all school bus services but please be aware that some services have limited capacity - these are listed at the bottom of this webpage. Information on bus routes can be accessed via the ‘School Bus Routes’ tab above.
Please note: You will only be able to apply for one bus service per application form 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. For example, if you live in Rookley and your child is attending Medina College, you may want to apply for service 316 and service 318.
Sixth form student applications
We welcome applications for sixth from students from 9am on Wednesday 2 October 2019. 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 will be processed on a first-come first-served basis and the Transport Service aim to process applications within 5 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 if you require transport before your payment deadline date then you will need to pay as soon as possible and before travel is required.
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 within 5 working days of receiving an application. If your child has been selected as having a seat, you will be sent an ‘offer’ email which includes 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 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 we able to allocate to one service but not the other(s) 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 2019 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.
If you have not made any kind of payment by your deadline date 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. Please be aware that ticket costs are fixed - there are no discounts if a ticket starts mid-way through a half term period.
- 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
Tickets can be paid for in half termly instalments, termly payments or a one-off payment for the rest year. Should you have difficulty in making payment by the deadline, please contact the Transport Service before the deadline. To contact us please use our online send a message to this service form.
Please remember that if you have not made payment your child will not be permitted to travel. This will be strictly enforced.
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 Service using our online send a message to this service form.
Privilege Seat Services with Limited Capacity