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Free school transport (age 5 -16)
Children who attend the nearest qualifying school from their home
address and live over the minimum distance are eligible for free
home to school transport.
- If a child is under 8 years old the minimum walking distance is
- If a child is over 8 years old the minimum walking distance is
Walking distances are measured by the shortest available route
and where a child, accompanied if necessary, can walk with safety
If you are on a low income
You can also apply for free school transport if you are on a low
income. You are considered to be on a low income if your child is
eligible for free school meals or if you receive the maximum amount
of Working Tax Credit. (You can determine whether you are currently
receiving the full element of working tax credit by checking
whether you have any reduction due to your income under part
two, of the working tax credit section, if this states
anything other than zero you will not be entitled.)
If your child goes to a faith school
If your child attends a school for faith
reasons, we will count this as your nearest qualifying school and
will provide free home to school transport if:
- Your child is a regularly practicing member of a church of the
same faith as the school
- They live at least 2 miles from the school if they are
under 8-years-old or at least 3 miles from the school if they are 8
Apply for free school transport
Application forms are available from
all Medway libraries, Contact Points and Community
You can state whether a bus pass, rail pass or cash allowance is
the most suitable means of travel for your child.
You must attach a passport-sized photograph of your child
to the application for their travel card.
You will be notified within four weeks if your child has been
granted free transport.
Read full details on
the Medway Home to School Transport Policy (pdf 47Kb)
Request review of a free transport decision
If your child is refused free transport you can
request that the decision is reviewed. You must
- Your child's name
- Your child's date of birth
- Name of the school that transport is required to
- An explanation of your individual circumstances an why your
child should be offered free home to school transport.
We have 20 working days to respond to your request.
If the review decides that your child is still not entitled
to free transport, you may appeal against this decision. Details of
how to appeal will be provided in the review response.
If I move address will it change my entitlement?
Yes. You must
notify us if you move address, so your entitlement to free home
to school transport can be re-assessed. Failure to do this may
result in you owing money to the council.