Transport policy for children in Nottingham, your choices and useful links

Nottingham City Council encourages all children to walk from home to school for exercise and health.

This is not always possible and the journey to school should have careful consideration for both parent and pupil when choosing a school. Travel options should be investigated so that suitable transport is available or the school is within walking or cycling distance from home.

For some children, regardless of their location, walking is not an option. If this is the case the Council would prefer pupils to use public transport services instead of travelling by car. Bus and tram services pass nearby to every secondary school in the City of Nottingham. Bus and tram operators offer discounted tickets to children aged under 16 years.

Every parent or carer has a responsibility to ensure their child's regular attendance at school. This may involve accompanying your child all or part of the way to school.

In some cases, the Council may offer help with travel if the school your child is attending is the designated school (the catchment school) or nearest school to your home address. This is dependent on the age of your child and the distance from your home to the school. Support will be offered in the form of a bus pass.

By law we must calculate the nearest school using the walking distance from your home when making decisions about free travel. It is important to note that the nearest school by walking distance may not be the nearest school ‘as the crow flies’, which is the measurement used when deciding how to fairly allocate places when a school is over-subscribed (please see Choosing a School - Nottingham City Council).

Pupils Aged Under 8 Years of Age

Transport will only be considered if the pupil lives more than 2 miles walking distance from their designated school.

Pupils Aged 8 Years and Over

8 to 11
Transport will only be considered if the pupil lives more than 3 miles walking distance from their designated school.
Parents should bear this in mind when making their choice of school as travel assistance will not be considered for pupils attending a preferred school. Unless the school is nearer than their designated school and over the prescribed walking distance.

Low-Income Families

Primary School Pupils Aged 8 to 11
Free transport will be provided to eligible pupils who are in receipt of Free School Meals or whose parents are in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit. This includes if their designated school is over 2 miles walking distance from their home address.

School Transport Policy

Apply for Home to School Transport

Please note you may be asked to upload documents to support your application.

These documents may include proof of school application and/or proof of low income. You may find it helpful to have electronic copies of these to hand before you start the application process.


Contact Us

Passenger Transport Operations
People’s Directorate
Building 5 Woolsthorpe Depot
Woolsthorpe Close


Tel: 0115 876 1780

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