The Local Education Authority is required to determine whether the provision of transport for pupils of compulsory school age is necessary to facilitate the attendance at a designated school of the pupil concerned. If such transport is deemed necessary then the transport must be provided free of charge.
There is no free transport for any children of nursery school age.
School Transport Application New Process 2019
With effect from 1st March 2019, parents will be able to apply for their child’s free school transport via the Council’s online Citizen’s Portal.
Since September 2013, parents have applied for school places using the Portal direct to the Council’s Education Admissions department and now School Transport Applications will be accessed in the same manner.
Parents will only be able to make application for transport after their child’s school place is confirmed by Admissions on the 1st March and will then have until 31st March to apply for transport via the Portal for the new term in September.
Parents will be notified of the decision by email no later than 31st July.
Parents are reminded that free transport is only provided to pupils attending their nearest suitable school and then only where the walking distance from Home to School is more than 2 miles for Primary / 3 miles for Secondary.
Replacement Bus Passes
The LEA may provide a concessionary seat - at a cost to the parent / guardian - where a pupil does not qualify on the above criteria but can be placed on an existing school transport route that has available capacity.
In these circumstances:
- The cost is presently £100 per term for each child – payable in advance, the pupil may not travel without a valid pass issued by the Council. This currently equates to £1.58 per day for the year. This fee is subject to annual review *.
- The seat that is allocated on a bus may not actually be the nearest to the home address but on a bus within a reasonable distance.
- Concessionary Seats will not be issued until all qualifiers have been allocated a seat which can be up to the end of September in the current school year. Due to the unavoidable delay you will need to make alternative arrangements to transport your child to school.
- You will need to complete a school transport application form – stating that it is for a Concessionary Seat – and you will be place on a reserve list which is dealt with on a first come bases, you will need to reapply for a concessionary seat each year to ensure inclusion on the reserve list. The seat may be withdrawn at any time, giving reasonable notice, with a pro-rata rebate, when seats become unavailable, due to additional qualifying pupils applying or where there is a reduction in vehicle capacity needs.
Under the Transport Act 1995, however, concessionary fares cannot be made available where public service transport runs along a school route at convenient times for the start and finish of the school day.
Students are reminded that there is no transport provided by Wrexham County Borough Council for sixth-form schools and colleges for post-16 students.
Any post-16 students requiring transport are advised to contact their sixth form establishment for information and advice regarding private transport arrangements that may be available.