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Eligibility for under 16 school travel assistance

You will qualify for free travel assistance if

  • you live in Worcestershire
  • you are 4 years old or over at September 1st
  • are attending the designated or nearest school (or the nearest designated school if you live in a joint catchment area) for your home address – use the Designated School Search to search by postcode
  • you live over the statutory walking distance from your designated or nearest school – 2 miles for pupils up to 8 years or 3 miles for pupils over 8 years, measured by the shortest available walking route
  • if you reside in an area that has joint catchment schools, we will consider transport assistance to the closest school via walking distance

You may also qualify for free travel assistance in one of these instances

Low income

  • you live in Worcestershire
  • you can provide recent evidence of receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Income Support
    • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
    • Free School Meals
    • Maximum Working Tax Credit (no deduction due to income)
    • Universal Credit – provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods
  • Primary School aged pupils (years 0 to years 6) – you live between 2 and 3 miles from the designated or nearest school
  • High School aged pupils (years 7 to years 11) – you are attending one of the 3 nearest schools, between 2 and 6 miles
  • Denominational High School aged pupils – attending the nearest denominational school, between 2 and 15 miles and can provide a baptism certificate or Priest's letter of support

Unsafe route

  • you live in Worcestershire
  • you are attending your designated or nearest school for your home address
  • you live under the 2 or 3 mile statutory walking distance from school, but the route is assessed as unavailable for walking, by Worcestershire County Council's Road Safety Officer

School has been redesignated by Pupil Admissions

  • you live in Worcestershire
  • your designated or nearest school did not have a place available for you when you applied, and you have been allocated the next nearest school with available spaces by Pupil Admissions (not just Parental Preference)
  • you live over the 2 or 3 mile statutory walking distance from school

If you are not eligible for free travel assistance

If you do not qualify for free travel assistance under any of the above, you can still apply and we will automatically consider you for either our Vacant Seat scheme or the Severn Card scheme. Both these schemes require a contribution and you will be sent a payment letter if we are able to offer you a seat.

Apply for travel assistance