School transport

Read about school transport for September 2020

Covid-19 update 20 August: after the halting of school transport over the past 5 months, we have been working with operators to re-establish transport provision for the new school year.

We are now confident that provision will be available for all children who are entitled to free transport.

Details of changes will be made available next week and letters sent to parents to explain any changes.

For those not eligible for free school transport, we are pleased that Welsh Government has announced funding for bus operators to re-establish bus routes and expect this to result in a greater level of bus services returning over the coming weeks.

Due to the additional Covid-19 requirements we do not expect to be in a position to sell any spare seats on our contracted school buses but will review this in October.

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)


Apply for free school transport 2020/2021

Pupils already using school transport do not need to re-apply unless they have moved home address or changed school.  

Season tickets will automatically be renewed and sent to your home address during August. 

Contract permits issued previously will not expire until the date shown on the pass. 

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 a child's home address changes please tell us immediately.  

Only pupils in Reception and Year 7 and others making a first application need to apply.   

Concessionary transport 2020/21

We are sorry to inform parents of pupils who normally apply for a concessionary seat on contracted transport that we will not be able to provide this service during Autumn term 2020. 

We will re-assess the service for Spring term 2021 and will let parents know if we are able to offer places.

This does not include fare paying pupils on public transport routes operated by Newport Transport.

Please note - this does not affect pupils eligible for free home to school transport, or pupils with statements of special educational needs. 

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 students

Post-16 students who qualify for home to school transport assistance under the agreed distance criteria may receive a discretionary travel grant of £150 for each academic year.

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

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

Apply for college transport September 2020-June2021

Apply for post 16 school transport 2020/21