Mainstream School Transport Arrangements 2022-23
Parents/carers will receive letters, as normal over the summer, informing them of the service their child(ren) will be allocated to, with a caveat that they should refer to this page for updates.
Pupils from Reception to Year 11 are automatically assessed for free mainstream school transport. Pupils of primary school age qualify for free school transport if they live over 2 miles from their catchment area school, next nearest if catchment is full. Pupils of secondary school age qualify for free school transport if they live over 3 miles from their catchment school, next nearest if catchment is full.
No forms are required to be completed and signed and letters/passes/timetables will be sent directly to home addresses no later than Friday 19 August 2022.
Only pupils who were late enrolments, have recently moved address or will be entering Post 16 in September (Year 12) will need to contact the school transport team:
New Intake - Reception & Year 7
All the Reception and Year 7 pupils have been assessed and the entitled children will be sent a letter/bus pass to their home address by Friday 19 August 2022, so if there any problems we have plenty of time to make adjustments over the summer holidays. If you have not received your bus pass or letter by Friday 19 August 2022 please contact the school transport team:
All existing pupils that have had free school transport this year will automatically receive a letter/bus pass which will be sent to the parent/guardian home address (please contact us if you have moved recently) along with the policy summary, travel behaviour code and route timetable. If you have not received your bus pass/letter by Friday 19 August 2022 please contact the school transport team:
Post 16 Pupils (Year 12-Year 13)
Pupils who are entering Year 12 wishing to continue their studies from September 2022 (attending their catchment school or St David’s College) will need to inform the school transport team no later than Monday 29 August 2022 in order to receive their pass for the beginning of September.
Please email email@example.com at your earliest convenience with the following information:-
Name of child
Date of birth
Route number (if known)
POST 16 SCHOOL TRANSPORT 2022-23
Please note: Those pupils who qualify for free school transport agree to adhere to the Vale of Glamorgan Council Schools transport policy and Welsh Government travel behaviour code.
Purchase a bus pass on a contracted school service
Buying a School Bus Pass for Academic Year 2021/22 (i.e. Current Year)
If you wish to purchase a spare seat on a contracted school bus then please complete the School Transport Purchase Pass Application Form 2021-22 and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
Buying a School Bus Pass for Academic Year 2022/23 (i.e. Commencing September 2022)
Details on how you can do this will be released here two weeks before the end of the 2022 Summer term. Please do not use the 2021/22 application form or any form from previous years to try and apply in advance, as they will ‘not’ be accepted.
Please note (subject to change for 2022-23):
- The cost of a pass is £300 per academic year (i.e. 2021-22). However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, you will be invoiced £100 towards the end of each academic term in case further lockdowns or school closures are enforced and payments need to be recalculated pro-rata. Non-payment for a purchase pass by the end of each term will result in forfeiture of the space allocated for the following term(s).
- That the Council has to allocate Post 16 pupils who may not decide to re-attend school/college until after results day in late August. Therefore, the Council may not be able to allocate purchase pass applications until the third week of September 2021, at the earliest.
- Due to Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR), the Council is unable to sell spare capacity on certain services (i.e. those vehicles that are not PSVAR compliant or have received temporary permission until 31 December 2021 from the Department of Transport). In such circumstances we will advise following your application submission. At present it is unknown if the Department for Transport (DfT) will grant further exemptions past 31st December 2021, so it may not be possible to sell spare seats on certain services. Information on this will be sent out as soon as the Council has a decision from the DfT.
Completed application forms should be emailed to:
If you wish to purchase a pass for a fare-paying service, please contact the bus operator directly: