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School Admissions - Home to School Transport

As part of its Council for the Future Transformation Programme Hertfordshire County Council only provides transport for those pupils with a legal entitlement.  There is an 'exceptions' policy which allows families to appeal in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Through our partnership working with commercial operators and schools, over 100 routes are now running to schools by third party suppliers, without financial subsidy from HCC. Details are available below.

Families are advised to contact schools and commercial operators to secure seats on these routes. 

Access the full Home School Transport Policy at the bottom of this page. Please read the guidance notes using the link on the left of this page.

Access Frequently Asked Questions "Getting to school in September 2016" at the bottom of this page.

We encourage you to consider the following options for your child to get to their new school if they are not eligible for free transport.

  • Contact your child's school; ask if they run their own transport routes; if so find out how you would be able to buy a seat. Through our partnership working with commercial operators and schools over 100 routes are running to schools organised by third party suppliers. Details of routes running in 2016 can be obtained by following the link on the left hand side of this page "Bus and Coach Route Information".
  • Use Intalink, by going to www.intalink.org.uk, to find out if your child could use a public bus route(s) to travel to their school
  • A new school journey planner is available showing walking, cycling, public transport and road routes.
  • Apply for a SaverCard; this will enable your child to get discounted travel on public buses in Hertfordshire (except Transport for London services). The SaverCard costs £20 a year
  • Think about running an informal car share arrangement with other parents - information is provided in the PDF document below.
  • Become part of a walking bus route - there are a number of walking buses in Hertfordshire schools
  • Consider working together with other parents in your community to run a private bus route to school
  • If available, pay for a seat on a vehicle run by the county council

If you would like to apply for transport (including spare seats), please contact the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043. 

For key events, dates and details use the links on the left of this page.

Following a decision at Cabinet on 14th March 2016, passenger assistants will be withdrawn from small vehicles, transporting mainstream primary aged children to schools.

This will be a phased withdrawal, please see details below; 

- Passenger assistants will be removed from existing taxi routes transporting children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) to primary schools from September 2016.
- Passenger assistants will be removed from existing taxi routes transporting children in Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and 2) when the child reaches the end of Year 2:

  • Children currently in Reception will continue with a passenger assistant until the end of the 2017/18 academic year.
  • Children currently in Year 1 will continue with a passenger assistant until the end of the 2016/17 academic year.
  • Children currently in Year 2 will continue with a passenger assistant until the end of the 2015/16 academic year.

- Any new taxi routes established for primary children from 18 April 2016 (first day of the summer term) will run without a passenger assistant.