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Dorset school travel passes

We send a Dorset school travel pass to your home address by second class post. Your school bus pass will last for your entire attendance at your school or college (unless your entitlement changes). You will not be re-issued a pass every year.

We're fitting all school vehicles with electronic chip readers. This is so we can check your pass on the school vehicle and record your journey using the electronic chip on your pass. 

You can find your route number on the pass (see photo of bus pass).

For most passes there will be one route number displayed where the morning and afternoon route are the same. Both numbers will show on the card if you have different route numbers for the morning and afternoon. The first number is the route number for your morning route. The second is for your afternoon journey.

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This is an example of the 2019 Dorset School Travel Pass.

Scholars bus passes (passes for public bus routes)

We send your scholars bus pass to your home address. Your pass will be renewed every year if you are still entitled.

When will I get my pass?

You should get your pass within 10 working days of being told your transport arrangements. Contact School Transport if you haven't received it.

Lost or damaged bus passes

If you lose or damage your bus pass and it needs replacing during the academic year, you must get a temporary pass until you're issued a replacement. You cannot use transport without one. You can get one from your school office or the School Transport team.

If your pass is damaged, you must return the original pass to Dorset Travel.

School contract bus pass

Report a lost bus pass online if you travel on a school contract bus and have a Dorset Council (DC) pass.

It costs £15 for a replacement bus pass provided by us, Dorset Council. If you have to replace your bus pass more than once it will cost £25. This price is subject to a regular review.

Prices may be different if an external company provides your bus pass. Contact them for more information:

Bus company pass

If you're trying to purchase surplus seats or renew a pass for an One School One Operator (OSOO) school you must contact the operator directly to purchase a pass.

See the below table which shows all OSOO schools and their corresponding operator:

School travel passes
 School Operator's School Pass Webpage
Allenbourn Middle School Damory
The Blandford School Damory
Dorchester Middle School Damory
Ferndown Upper School Damory
Lytchett Minster School Damory
Purbeck School Damory
Queen Elizabeth's School Damory
Shaftesbury Upper School Damory
St Michael's Middle School Damory
The Thomas Hardye School Damory
West Moors Middle School Damory
Beaminster School First Hampshire and Dorset
Sir John Colfox School First Hampshire and Dorset
Woodroffe School First Hampshire and Dorset
Gillingham School South West Coaches
Gryphon School South West Coaches
Sturminster Newton High School Vale Coaches

Routes and timetables

Your pass will only valid for your designated route. However you can get on and off the bus at any stop within your route.

You cannot use it on other services without authorisation from the School Transport team.

If you have moved since you first applied for a school place you must complete a new transport application. This is to check whether you are entitled from your new address.

View routes and timetables.

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