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.





School Transport Arrangements from 29 June 2020 - Letter to Parents and Carers


Provision of Mainstream School Transport for Late Requests (29 June to 20 July 2020)

Please note that it is our intention to further revise our school transport provision lists for the last 3 weeks of the summer term 2020 as detailed below with regard to any additional late transport requests received as follows:

  • Week 1 (29-Jun to 03-Jul):  Updates received by 14:00 today (29-Jun-2020) will be processed and accommodated where possible. Updated lists supplied to schools and operators at 15:00 today (29-Jun-2020).
  • Week 2 (06-Jul to 10-Jul): Updates received by 16:00, Thursday 09-Jul-2020) will be processed and accommodated where possible. Updated lists supplied to schools and operators at 12:00 noon, Friday 10-Jul-2020.
  • Week 3 (13-Jul to 17-Jul, plus Monday 20-Jul): Updates received by 16:00, Thursday 16-Jul-2020) will be processed and accommodated where possible. Updated lists supplied to schools and operators at 12:00 noon, Friday 17-Jul-2020.

Please remember that the preference, as recommended by the Welsh Government’s Guidance, is for pupils to walk or cycle and/or be taken by their parents, as vehicles will only be able to accommodate 20% of their normal capacity to ensure the 2-metre social distance.


Changes to Fare Paying School Transport from September 2020





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



Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the sale of purchase passes is currently suspended until further notice.  This is because any spare capacity is likely to be required to enable onboard social distancing measures as and when schools open again.  This is in addition to new 'Passenger Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations' that also now need to be considered when selling spare capacity onboard school transport services.



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.