Cumbria County Council is urging parents to apply for school transport for September 2017, by the end of June.
If they have children who are starting primary or secondary school in September 2017, parents can apply for free home to school transport now at www.cumbria.gov.uk/schooltransport – the deadline is Friday 30 June. If they miss the deadline, transport may not be available from the start of term.
Cumbria County Council provides free school transport to pupils who go to their catchment (or nearest qualifying school) and live more than 2 miles away (up to the age of 8) or more than 3 miles away (aged 8 and over). If a child is entitled to free school meals, or their family receives the maximum level of Working Tax Credit, they may also be entitled to financial assistance with school transport.
Applications should be received by 30 June 2017. The council will assess whether each child is eligible for free school transport. If they are not entitled, parents will be advised typically within 3-4 weeks. If a child is entitled to school transport, parents will receive a bus pass and contact details for their transport provider before the start of term.
Further information on eligibility, an online application form and Frequently Asked Questions are available via the county council’s website www.cumbria.gov.uk/schooltransport.
If you are unable to apply online, you can download an application form from the website, or contact the Commissioning Transport Team by telephone on 01228 226427 / 226428 to request a copy to be sent to you by post.