School transport

Post-16 transport

We do not offer free post 16 transport in Rutland - we offer a subsidised fare.

Buses are planned for the beginning and end of the college day.

Download our Post-16 Transport Policy

Download our College Transport Guide


To be eligible for subsidised transport, you must:

  • live in Rutland
  • be aged under 19 on 1 September prior to the start of your course
  • go to a college no more than eight miles outside of Rutland
  • live more than three miles away from the college
  • go to the nearest college that offers your course

Eligible colleges within eight miles of Rutland:

  • Brooke Weston Academy - Corby
  • Brooksby Melton College - Brooksby and Melton campuses
  • Bourne Grammar
  • Harington School - Oakham
  • Melton Vale Post-16 Centre
  • New College Stamford
  • Tresham College of Further Education - Corby

Contact our transport team if you change your course or move to a new address, as this may affect your eligibility - email transport@rutland.gov.uk

How to apply

You can apply at any time, but if you want transport to be in place for the start of your course you need to apply by 31 July. If you apply after this date, we cannot guarantee transport will be in place for the start of the academic year.

Post 16 transport - link - apply online
Post-16 transport - text 2

We'll contact you within 10 working days to let you know if your application has been successful - this can take longer in the busy summer period, though.


Subsidised transport costs £578 for the 2022/23 academic year.

If you're a full-time student carrying on for a third year in on the same course, email us about costs - transport@rutland.gov.uk.

You will be exempt (not have to pay) if you provide proof that you:

  • meet the low total annual household income rate
  • are claiming Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance

We use the Department for Education's checking service to check  - we request details when you apply.

How to pay

You can:

Travel passes will not be issued 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.

Full payment is required for part-time use - instalment plans are accepted. If you default on your payment plan, you travel pass will be withdrawn.

How to cancel your pass

To cancel your transport, email transport@rutland.gov.uk.

If you leave college, you must return your pass straight away to: Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6LH.

Partial refunds may be considered.

Rules when using post-16 transport

You will need to make your own way to the bus pick up point, if this in within three miles of your home address.

You may need to walk from a bus stop to your college, and from college to a bus stop.

If you're issued with a local bus service pass, you can use your pass all day, Monday to Friday during term time.

Misbehaviour on buses is a serious issue, and could lead to you being excluded from transport. When using public transport, you should:

  • let people get off the bus before you board
  • show consideration and respect for other passengers, the vehicle and your driver
  • have your pass ready to show the driver - if you forget your pass, you'll be expected to pay the standard fare
  • be on time - transport will depart at the scheduled time
  • sit where a seat's available, but offer to give up your seat for elderly people, the less mobile, pregnant women and passengers with small children
  • not put your feet on seats
  • hold bags or items on your lap - or stow them under the seat at the front / in storage area
  • not leave litter
  • make sure your smartphone volume does not disturb other passengers

If you leave something on the bus, contact the service operator.

You driver can refuse travel and complain to our transport team about bad behaviour.

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