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Criteria for Home-to-School Transport

All applications for home-to-school travel support are considered individually, taking into account the relevant legal requirements and the circumstances of each applicant.

Home-to-school travel support is considered only for pupils of statutory school age resident in Dudley (from the term after the pupil's fifth birthday up to the end of Year 11) who:

  • are under eight years of age and live two miles or more from the school or
  • are eight years of age and over and live three miles or more from the school or
  • qualify under an income based assessment and live more than 2 miles from the nearest available primary school or
  • qualify under an income based assessment and live more than 2 but less than 6 miles from any one of the 3 nearest secondary schools or
  • qualify under an income based assessment and live more than 2 but less than 15 miles from the nearest appropriate school chosen on the grounds of faith or belief.

Ages are taken at 1st September in each school year.

Distance is measured by the shortest available walking route over public rights of way to the nearest relevant phase school (that is, primary or secondary, as appropriate to the age of the pupil) which has a vacant place.

For all applications not made under an income based assessment free home-to-school travel support is provided to the nearest phase school with a vacant place and not necessarily the school preferred by parents. The nearest phase school may be maintained by another Council. Free home to school transport is generally only provided where the distance criteria are met.

Travel support can take a variety of forms including travel training, bus pass, personal allowance or other direct transport, as appropriate to individual pupils’ needs as determined by the Council.

Please follow the links to download application forms for a bus pass and train pass.

If you wish to enquire about any other forms of travel support, please contact the Travel & Transport Service Team on 01384 816972.

Dudley Council home to school travel support policy is currently under review, although no changes to the basic criteria for provision of transport are anticipated. The purpose of the policy review is to clarify the policy document and to make it easier to use and understand.