School transport

New Adventure Travel (NAT) provides bus services to Bassaleg, Duffryn, Lliswerry and St Josephs RC secondary schools for season ticket holders and fare paying passengers.

See the New Adventure Travel Group site for timetables. 

Mytravelpass: discounted bus travel for 16-18 year olds

Free home to school transport is provided to:

  • primary aged pupils who live 2 miles or more from their catchment or nearest available school
  • secondary aged pupils who live 3 miles or more from their catchment or nearest available school, including Welsh-medium and faith schools.

A child qualifies for free home to school transport to an alternative school as long as:

1. this school is nearer than the catchment school, and

2. the qualifying distance is met

Although each school has a catchment area under the council’s school admissions policy, parents can express a preference for any school they would like their child to attend.

If you choose to send your child to a school that is not your catchment school, you will be responsible for all transport costs and arrangements.

If your application to a preferred school is not successful, you will qualify for help with transport only if your child attends either the catchment school as an alternative or the next nearest available school (decided by the council) and if the qualifying distance is met.

If you choose an alternative that is not your catchment school or the nearest available school, you will be responsible for all transport costs and arrangements.

Read about changes to school transport fees (May 2014)


A new application must be made each school year.

Do not assume that a new application will be successful simply because a child already has free transport. 

If there is a change of school, home address or if the council finds a shorter walking route within the distance criteria limit, a child may no longer be eligible for free home to school transport. 

If your child's home address changes please tell us immediately.  

Download the application for concessionary seats 2016/2017 (pdf) 

Download the application for free school travel 2016/2017 (pdf)

Disabilities and special educational needs

Free transport is arranged for pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs if the SEN service has agreed that it is needed. 

The service is usually provided for children who attend either special schools or a unit attached to a mainstream school, other than their local schools.

Read about the decision process

Post 16 pupils

If post-16 students qualify for home to school transport assistance under the agreed distance criteria, they qualify to receive a discretionary travel grant of £150 for each academic year towards the cost of their travel to and from school.

The travel grant can be used for whatever transport best suits their needs. 

If using the local bus service, tickets (daily, weekly, termly, annually) can be purchased directly from the local bus provider. 

Download the Post-16 school transport application 2016/2017 (pdf) 

Download the College transport application form 2016/2017 (pdf)