Students who aren't eligible for free school transport can pay for spare seats through the Surplus Seat Travel Scheme.

The scheme does not apply to public bus routes.

We provide transport for some schools in Dorset but if your child attends one of the following schools you will need to apply through the operator:

  • Allenbourn Middle School
  • Beaminster School
  • Dorchester Middle School
  • Ferndown Middle School
  • Ferndown Upper School
  • Gillingham School
  • Lytchett Minster School
  • Queen Elizabeth School
  • Shaftesbury School
  • St Michaels Middle School
  • Sturminster Newton High School
  • The Blandford School
  • The Gryphon School
  • The Purbeck School
  • The Sir John Colfox School
  • The Thomas Hardye School
  • The Woodroffe School
  • West Moors Middle School

Apply for transport through the operator

Transport operators set their own costs and have their own application process.

All other schools: how to apply

If your school is not listed above, you will need to apply.

Surplus seats are offered on a first come first served basis.

Make sure alternative travel arrangements are in place until you receive confirmation of a surplus seat, even if you had a surplus seat in the previous academic year.

Cost and payment

A surplus seat costs £800 for the academic year 2021 to 2022.

You can pay in one lump sum, instalments or by direct debit. We will contact you to arrange payment once we process your application.

Apply for a surplus seat

You'll need to provide your contact details, details about your child and their school.


You can request a refund if your circumstances have changed, for example, if you've moved house.

In the event that you have purchased a surplus seat and it becomes unavailable, we will refund you in full.