Children-Leaving-SchoolSchool Transport

Local Education Authorities have a statutory duty to provide free school transport for pupils of statutory school age who reside beyond walking distance to the nearest appropriate school.


The Council doesn't provide free school transport for nursery-age children other than some with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN).


The Vale of Glamorgan Council has a discretionary policy that provides financial help towards travelling to and from college.


If your child qualifies for free school transport, permission will normally be given to travel on a contract vehicle if there is one serving your area. In other cases a bus pass will be provided to travel on the service network.


The Vale of Glamorgan Council provides free school transport for:

  • Primary age pupils residing two miles or over from their nearest designated catchment area school of type.
  • Secondary age pupils residing three miles or over from their nearest designated catchment area school of type.
  • Distances are measured by the shortest available walking route and pupils will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult if necessary.



The Vale of Glamorgan Council is currently considering the possible withdrawal of fare paying school transport services, which may be withdrawn after July 2020.  Provision for children entitled to free home to school transport would be retained.  




Free School Transport

If you wish to enquire about free school transport (including St David's R/C College and other year 12/13 students), please e-mail with the following information:

  • Name of Child:
  • Date of Birth:
  • Home Address:
  • Contact Number: 
  • School:
  • Route Number (if known):  


Please note: Free school transport will not be provided if, as a result of parental preference, your child attends another school other than the nearest school or designated catchment area school.


Buy a School Bus Pass

If you live in the Vale of Glamorgan and are not eligible for free school transport, you may be able to purchase a school bus pass.


Cost: £300 per annum





Completed applications can be sent in the post or via email.


Passenger Transport Unit

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Alps Depot and Offices

Alps Quarry Road




If you wish to purchase a pass for a fare-paying service, please contact the Bus operator directly. 


Replacement Bus Pass

Replacements passes can be obtained from the Passenger Transport Unit with an administration charge of £10 levied for each replacement pass.