Allocation Criteria

School bus service - pupil allocation criteria

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Where the number of applications for a place on a school bus exceeds the number of available places, the following criteria will apply:

District funded services (assuming application or renewal received by published closing date) – See also Note 2

  1. Children eligible for free travel or assistance with travel expenses under council policy.
  2. Children with additional needs/requirements who may not be eligible for assistance (evidence will be required).
  3. Children who are not eligible for assistance but for whom there is no ‘reasonable’ (as defined in the Combined Authority’s guidelines) public transport alternative.
  4. Children living along the line of the route (within 1km) by age (exact date of birth) - Priority given to the youngest children.
  5. Other children by age (exact date of birth) - Priority given to the youngest children.
  6. Late applications by the above criteria.

  Note 2 – These are subject to district council policy changes. In some cases, school specific or service specific guidelines may apply, which may differ from the general guidelines outlined above.     

Combined Authority funded services (assuming application or renewal received by published closing date)

  1. Children with additional needs/requirements (evidence will be required).
  2. Children for whom there is no ‘reasonable’ (as defined in the Combined Authority’s guidelines) public transport alternative.
  3. Children living along the line of the route (within 1km) by age (exact date of birth) - Priority given to the youngest children.
  4. Other children by age (exact date of birth) - Priority given to the youngest children.
  5. Late applications by the above criteria.

Mybus Primary (assuming application or renewal received by published closing date) 

  1. Children eligible for free travel or assistance with travel expenses under council policy (if service funded by district council).
  2. Existing users.
  • New Applications
    1. Late applications/renewals by the above criteria.
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