No - school transport is organised between home and school only.
You child is eligible for transport if they live in Rutland, are aged 5 to 16 years old and either:
- go to their qualifying primary school, but live more than two miles from the school
- go to their qualifying secondary school, but live more than three miles away from the school
How to apply
You can apply at any time, but to have transport in place at the start of the school year you need apply (and pay, if you're not entitled to free transport) by 30 June. If you apply after this date, we cannot guarantee you child's transport will be in place for the start of the school year.
We'll let you know if your application has been successful within 10 working days - this can take longer in the busy summer months, though.
In special circumstances, your child may be entitled to free transport. Examples of special circumstances include:
- a child with a medical need
- a family that needs to move home for reasons outside their control, who have a child in year 11 (a critical academic year)
If your family's on a low income
If your child's entitled to free school meals or you receive a qualifying benefit, you may be able to get help with school transport. Contact our school transport team for more information - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01572 722 577.
Unsafe walking routes
If you feel you child's walking route is unsafe, we can assess this using national guidelines.
To ask for an assessment, email: email@example.com.
If space is available, you may be able to pay for a place on school transport.
When we allocate spaces, we give priority to children who live in Rutland and siblings of entitled students.
Any spaces left are then allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Some things to be aware of before you apply:
- we may not allocate places until after term starts - you'll need to find another way to get your child to school
- students entitled to transport will always take priority, so fare-paying places can be withdrawn with one month's notice - you'll get a proportional refund if this happens
- if you have a space one year, this doesn't guarantee it'll be available the next
- the offer is open to people who live outside Rutland
- the offer is not available on public bus service routes
- you need to reapply each year
Costs for the academic year:
- if your child lives in Rutland and attends their qualifying school: £158 - you must pay in full
- if your child lives in Rutland but does not attend their qualifying school: £315 - you can pay in six instalments of £52.50
- if your child does not live in Rutland: £604 - you can pay in full or by five instalments of £100 and on of £104
How to pay
If your application for fare-paying transport is accepted, we'll email you with instructions on when to pay. You can then:
- pay by Direct Debit
- pay in full online
- pay over the phone - call our customer services team on: 01572 722 577
If you default on payments, the travel pass will be withdrawn.
We will not issue travel passes until full or part payment is received, or your exemption is authorised.
Any outstanding transport debts must be cleared before we'll consider a new application.
You'll be charged the full cost for part-term use (instalment plans accepted).
If the bus breaks down, your child must follow the driver's instructions.
Children should stay on the bus (if safe to do so) and not get off or leave the area until told to.
In bad weather, buses may be affected - school closures and traffic updates are reported on local websites and radio stations.
Allow the bus extra time to get to each stop, as there may be delays.
If you take your child to school, you will also need to pick them up at the end of the day.
If schools close early, we'll arrange for buses to pick students up earlier. Your child's school should let you know if they need to close early - make sure they have your correct contact details.
Frequently asked questions
My child is going somewhere else after school - can they go on a different bus?
My partner and I have split up - can my child get a bus from both houses?
Yes - email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
We've moved house - can my child still get the school bus?
We'll need to re-assess whether you're still entitled to transport - email email@example.com.
My child has to stay late at school - will transport be provided?
You'll need to arrange alternative transport - school transport only operates at the start and end of the school day.
We live close to my child's school, but there's no footpaths. Can they get on a bus?
We'd need to carry out a safe walking route assessment.
If the assessment finds that the route's unsafe, your child will be able to have a travel pass - email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We're hosting an exchange student - can they travel on the bus?
If there's space available we can try to arrange this - email email@example.com.