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School transport

All children between 5 and 16 may qualify for free home to school transport.  This will depend on your:

  • income
  • location (where you live)
  • child's age

If your child has special educational needs (SEN) or a disability they might also be eligible.

We provide home to school transport for children who live further than the legal walking distance from appropriate neighbourhood school (two miles for primary school and 3 miles for secondary school).

Secondary school pupils who are in receipt of free school meals or whose household qualifies for the maximum level of working tax credits will also qualify for free school travel if they attend:

  • one of their three nearest qualifying schools and live between two and six miles away
  • the nearest suitable school (preferred on grounds of religion or belief) and live between two and 15 miles away

In a small number of cases, school pupils need help because they have additional needs. These may include pupils with special educational needs or physical disabilities. For more information please see transport for pupils with additional needs.

Free home to school transport for all pupils not attending their catchment area school ceased from September 2015.

We still provide free transport to school for eligible pupils qualifying under the means tested scheme.

How to apply

To apply, please download the application form below.

This application form can be used to apply for a pass at any stage in the school year. If you require a new pass for the beginning of the September term you must have submitted your application by Friday 18 June 2021.

Icon for word School travel application form 2021-2022 [36.19KB]

If the pass applicable from September 2021 is lost throughout the year, we can replace it at a charge of £6.70.  Please contact us for further details.

We understand that during the current covid-19 pandemic and due to exceptional circumstances it may be that you are unable to obtain a passport sized photograph, please contact us by sending an email to benefitsfsm@gateshead.gov.uk and we will provide explicit instructions on how to apply under these circumstances.

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