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Under 16 transport to school

​​Am I eligible for free transport?

Children aged 5 to 16 years old are entitled to free home to school transport if they are either:

  • under 8 years old, attend their nearest qualifying school and live 2 miles or more from that school
  • 8 years old or over, attend their nearest qualifying school and live 3 miles or more from that school


What if my family is on low income?

Children will also get free transport if their parents get their maximum level of Working Tax Credit or the child is entitled to free school meals (due to low income) and if they are either:

  • aged 8 to 11 years old and the school is over 2 miles and under 3 miles ( attending nearest, qualifying school to home address); or
  • aged 11 to 16 years old and the school is 2 to 6 miles away (when attending one of the three nearest schools to home address); or
  • aged 11 to 16 years old attending the nearest school to accommodate their religion/belief and living 2 to 15 miles away

These criteria can be found in section 3 of the Leeds Children’s Transport Policy (PDF 124KB).



Is there any support for children who live relatively close to their school?

Children are entitled to support if they attend their nearest qualifying school and:

  • cannot walk to school because they live in a rural area and the route is unsafe, typically where there’s no pavement or step-off, or
  • cannot walk to school because of a disability or temporary mobility problem, or
  • their parents are disabled and, as a result of their disability, they are unable to accompany them to ensure their safety – this applies to children aged five to eleven

You can find full details of all eligibility criteria by reading the latest version of Leeds Children’s Transport Policy (PDF 124KB).



How do I apply?

If you believe your child meets eligibility criteria, please download, fill in and return the application form (PDF 244KB) to:

Leeds Education Transport Assessment Team
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Wellington House
40 – 50 Wellington Street
Leeds
LS1 2DE

Alternatively you can call to ask for a paper copy or for advice: 0113 348 1121. You can also email us on childrenstransport@leeds.gov.uk.

Once we receive your fully-completed application it will be assessed and we will contact you within 15 working days.



What if I don't agree with your decision?

If we advise you that you aren't eligible for free home to school transport and you disagree with the decision, you can write to us explaining the reasons why you feel your child does meet the eligibility criteria. We will send you a written response within 20 working days of receiving your letter.

Please send your letter to:

Leeds Education Transport Assessment Team
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Wellington House
40 – 50 Wellington Street
Leeds
LS1 2DE

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