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School travel passes

Transport policies

How do I qualify for a free travel pass?

We have a duty to provide free home to school transport for children who live within the Coventry boundary, are of statutory school age (5 - 16 years of age) and meet one of the following criteria:

General entitlement

Free transport will be provided for pupils attending the nearest qualifying school at which places are available if the distance from the home   address to the school is:

  • more than 2 miles for children aged 5 to 7 years
  • more than 3 miles for children aged 8 to 16

Please note: The 2 mile limit will also apply to children over the age of 8 from low income families.

In each case this is shortest walking route between the home address and the school measured by which a child, accompanied as necessary, may walk safely. 

If however, you successfully apply for a place for your child at a school that is not the nearest school with places available, you will not be eligible for a free travel pass unless you qualify under the low income rules.

Low-income entitlement

There are extra ways in which low income families may also qualify for free travel. Low income families are defined as those who are entitled to free school meals or who are in receipt of their maximum level of working tax credit. Children from low income families will be entitled to free travel to if:

Aged 8-11 and attending the nearest qualifying school which is more than 2 miles from their home

Aged 11-16 attending:

  • One of the three nearest qualifying schools between 2 and 6 miles from their home
  • The nearest school preferred by reason of a parent's religion or belief which is between 2 and 15 miles from their home

Exceptional circumstances

Where pupils do not qualify for free travel on distance grounds, in certain exceptional circumstances a child may be eligible for free transport. Each application will be considered on its individual merits, taking full account of all the circumstances put forward. Please see the appeals section for further details.

Individual school policies

Where a child does not qualify under the Coventry City Council home to school transport policy the following schools operate a discretionary policy in which a child may qualify for free travel under their own individual transport policy.

Please note there is no right of appeal if an application under the school policy is refused. For any queries regarding the school policies please contact the school.

Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School

  • Pupils must be of statutory school age i.e. in Year 7 to 11 
  • Live within the Coventry Local Authority area
  • Their home address must be 3 miles or more from the school measured by the nearest available walking route
  • They must have attended the associated Catholic primary school; or
  • Bishop Ullathorne was their first choice as a secondary school

There will be changes to the school transport policy for September 2020 onwards for new Year 7 and other starters. Students who are entitled to a free travel pass under the 2019/20 academic year policy will continue to be granted passes as long as there has been no change in circumstances.

Cardinal Newman Catholic School

  • Pupils must be of statutory school age i.e. in Year 7 to 11 
  • Live within the Coventry Local Authority area
  • Their home address must be 3 miles or more from the school measured by the nearest available walking route
  • They must have attended the associated Catholic primary school; or
  • Cardinal Newman was their first choice as a secondary school

Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

  • Pupils must be of statutory school age i.e. in Year 7 to 11
  • Live within the Coventry Local Authority area
  • Their home address must be 3 miles or more from the school measured by the nearest available walking route
  • They must have attended the associated Catholic primary school; or
  • Cardinal Wiseman was their first choice as a secondary school 

In addition, for pupils who are in Year 7 for the 2020-21 academic year, free bus passes will be available to pupils whose home address is 2 miles or more from the school if:

  • They must have attended the associated Romero MAC Catholic primary school and
  • Cardinal Wiseman was their first choice as a secondary school.  

 Parents who wish to appeal against the decision to refuse their child a free bus pass should make that appeal request in writing to the Chair of the Governing Body at the school address or by email to [email protected] . The governing body will convene a panel to decide whether or not to support a free bus pass application.   

West Coventry Academy

  • Pupils must be of statutory school age i.e. in Year 7 to 11
  • Live within or outside the Coventry Local Authority area
  • Their home address must be 3 miles or more from the school measured by the nearest available walking route

Please note a consultation for changes to the transport policy for West Coventry academy took place between 2 December 2019 until 12 January 2020.

The following changes will be made as of 12 January 2020:

  • The transport policy will cease for all new in-year admissions.
  • Year 6 applicants for September 2020 will be provided for any applicants over a 3-mile radius
  • The policy will cease for each Year 7 intake from September 2021.
  • Students at the school who are currently entitled to a free travel pass under the 2019/20 academic year policy will continue to be granted passes until the end of year 11 as long as there has been no change in circumstances.

Future provision of free travel passes for West Coventry Academy students

School Transport

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm, Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7697 5445

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Coventry City Council

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