Isle of Wight Council

School Transport

Privilege Seat Scheme

Service update - privilege seats application

The application window will be open from 9am, Tuesday 6 December 2022.  Any applications received before this date will not be accepted.

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

Please apply online using the form Application for a Privilege Seat on School Transport.

You can apply for any school bus service that has space but please be aware that there will be a limited number of seats available. A list of services available can be found below. View timetable and route information on bus services.

Making a privilege seat application does not guarantee a seat.

Post-16 students

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

What happens after applying

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We aim to process applications within five 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.

Ticket costs and payment

The cost of a ticket 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 two 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.

Seat services availability

Bus service

Seat availability

201 12
202 7
205 8
209 15
212 2
213 5
214 8