We will let you know if your child is eligible for free school transport when we offer them a school place at a Dorset Council school.

You can still apply online if you haven't been offered free school transport and we will assess your application against the Home to School Transport Policy.

Apply for free school transport

You will need to provide details about your child, their school and any special circumstances.

Eligibility criteria 

Students who live 2 or more miles from school

Year group Eligible schools Shortest walking distance from school
Reception to year 4 Within catchment area or nearest school 2 or more miles 
Year 5 to year 11 Within catchment area or nearest school 3 or more miles

Students from low income families

Students from low income families who receive maximum Working Tax Credit or free school meals are eligible for free transport.

You must send a full copy of your recent Working Tax Credits letter when you apply.

Year group Eligible schools Distance from school
Year 5 to year 6 Within catchment area or nearest school 2 or more miles (shortest walking distance)
Year 7 to year 11 3 nearest schools between 2 miles (shortest walking distance) and 6 miles (shortest driving distance)

Students attending a religious or faith school

Students in year 7 to 11 are eligible for free transport to the nearest religious or faith secondary school if you receive the maximum Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit or free school meals and if the distance is between 2 miles shortest available walking route and 15 miles shortest available driven route.

You must include evidence to support your application on religious or belief grounds, or tell us if you gave this when you applied for the school place.

Year group Eligible schools Distance from school
Year 5 to year 6 Within catchment area or nearest school 2 or more miles (shortest walking distance)
Year 7 to year 11 3 nearest schools between 2 miles (shortest walking distance) and 6 miles (shortest driving distance)
Year 7 to year 11 Nearest religious/faith school between 2 miles (shortest walking distance) and 15 miles (shortest driving distance)

Unsafe walking route

Students who live closer than 2 miles to the school could get free transport if their route is considered unsafe to walk when accompanied by an adult. Check if you are eligible and apply.