School Transport

Privilege Seat Scheme

Service update

The application window has now closed. The next application window will not be until after the start of the academic year. We are unsure how social distancing will
continue from September 2021. Therefore, please be aware that the number of available seats may reduce depending on government guidance.

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

You can apply online during the first application window. This will be open between 9am on Monday 28 June 2021 and 4pm on Friday 9 July 2021.

You can apply for any school bus service that has space and these are listed at the bottom of this webpage. Please be aware that there will be a limited number of spare seats available.

Due to a change in legislation we are unable to confirm if we can offer seats on some services. You may still apply for these services but please be aware that it may not be until mid-August that we receive updates on whether these services can be offered. These services these are listed at the bottom of this webpage.

View timetable and route information.

Making a privilege seat application does not guarantee a seat.

Post-16 students

Once the first 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 (randomiser) 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 randomiser at the same time. The randomiser will then randomly 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 randomiser has generated.

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

Contacting you with the outcome

We will aim to contact you using the email address on the application form by 22 July 2021. 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 2021 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 2 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.

Privilege seat services you can apply for

 Bus service  Notes 
 200  We are unable to confirm the number of seats at the moment, but seats are limited in number.
 201  We are unable to confirm the number of seats at the moment, but seats are limited in number.
 202  We are unable to confirm the number of seats at the moment, but seats are limited in number.
 205  Due to a change in legislation we may not be able to offer seats on this service.
 207  Due to a change in legislation we may not be able to offer seats on this service.
 208  Due to a change in legislation we may not be able to offer seats on this service.
 209  Due to a change in legislation we may not be able to offer seats on this service.
 212  Due to a change in legislation we may not be able to offer seats on this service.
 213  Due to a change in legislation we may not be able to offer seats on this service.
 214  Due to a change in legislation we may not be able to offer seats on this service.
 215  Due to a change in legislation we may not be able to offer seats on this service.