School and college transport
Free school transport
The legal responsibility for ensuring that a child attends school rests with the parents. You can request a place at any school for your child, but your child may not necessarily be entitled to free school transport.
It is very important that you check whether your child will be entitled. If they are not, you will need to think carefully about how your child is going to get to the school you prefer for the whole time they will be there.
Your child will be entitled to free transport if they attend the nearest school to your home address and they:
- are of statutory school age
- live more than two miles away by the shortest walking route (for primary)
- live more than three miles away by the shortest walking route (for secondary)
Your child will also be entitled to free school transport to the school designated to serve your home address provided it is still further than the statutory walking distance (see above).
You can find out which school serves your home address at School designated areas.
If you already know that your child is not entitled to free travel you may be able to get transport through our concessionary seats scheme.
We encourage you to read our guides to school transport before you apply, in order to ensure you fully understand whether or not your child will be eligible for free school transport.
If you are ready to apply, please complete the appropriate application form:
- Applications for primary school transport
- Applications for secondary school transport
- Applications for post-16 vacant seats
- Applications for concessionary seats
If you have recently received an email confirming your child’s entitlement to free transport for September 2023 you do not need to apply. Please simply follow the instructions in the email to upload a photo.
See our transport passes information for guidance on how to apply for a replacement pass or upload a photograph for a pass.
You should also ensure you are aware of the ‘No pass, no travel’ policy in place on school transport in Devon.
If you have a comment or concern about the operation of your child’s transport please contact the MyDevon Customer Service Centre on 0345 155 1019.