Page last updated 17 November 2016
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School Transport

Our home to school transport policy provides information on entitlement including answers to the following questions:

  • Does my child qualify for free home to school transport?
  • What if I choose a school that is not my nearest or designated school?
  • What if I move house during my child's schooling?
  • What about single sex and faith schools?
  • What if my child has special educational needs? Will he or she receive free transport? 

Find more information on our Post 16 transport policy page

Does my child qualify for free home to school transport?

Find out below at which schools your child will qualify for free school transport:

If you are moving home and your child has school transport as part of their EHC plan, please complete our online form to let us know your new address.

Make a payment for school transport

If you have received an invoice and wish to make payment online for school transport please use the following link:

How do I apply for a bus pass?

Aged 4 to 16

Application form to request free home to school Transport for students aged 4 to 16.

Please ensure you have read the policy document above before applying.

This form can be used for replacement passes, change of address and low income families.

 Application for a free Bus pass 2016 to 2017 (Word Format 61KB)



Aged 16+

Northamptonshire County Council will guarantee a seat on one of our contracted services for a student where an application is received on or before the 29 May 2015 subject to eligibility.  Guaranteed seats will not be available for applications received after that time. 

Please ensure you have read the guidance notes before applying.

If you have missed the deadline, please submit your application as soon as you are able.

 Post 16 travel scheme - guidance notes 2016 to 2017 (Word Format 55KB)

 Post 16 travel scheme application form and payment method 2016 to 2017 (Word Format 59KB)


Non Entitled Students Travel Scheme

Non entitled students can purchase a bus pass for travel on one of the council's contracted home to school transport services where there is spare capacity or an existing route available.

Please ensure you have read the guidance notes before applying.

In order to be guaranteed a bus pass, parents or carers will need to formally apply by 29 May 2015.

 Non entitled students travel scheme guidance notes 2016 to 2017 (Word Format 41KB)

 Non entitled students travel scheme application form 2016 to 2017 (Word Format 55KB)

 Non entitled students letter for split family application form (Word Format 117KB)

 Non Entitled Students Travel Scheme 2016 to 2017 Application Form - Split family (Word Format 57KB)


CE Academy Application Form

Please see application form to the right

 CE academy application form for a free bus pass 2016 to 2017 (Word Format 63KB)


Appeals process

In cases where an application for free transport and assistance is refused, parents may pursue a complaint by submitting a written request to escalate the matter to appeal at stage one using the contact details below:

Stage one – School transport team
Email: or
Postal address: Northamptonshire Highways, School Transport Team, Floor 4, Riverside House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN1 5NX 

Our appeals process and procedures can be viewed below:

Code of conduct

Our code of conduct lays out the standards of behaviour expected on home to school transport of which all parents, carers and guardians and students should be aware of.

This includes what to do if home to school transport does not arrive for any reason, and if students are refused travel.

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