HOME to School Transport applications are now open. 

Westmorland and Furness Council are encouraging parents and carers of children starting mainstream secondary school in September 2024, to apply online.  

Free school transport is available to pupils who attend their catchment or nearest qualifying school and live more than two miles away (up to 8 years old) or three miles away (aged 8 years old and over). Applications need to be made before the deadline on May 31.

Councillor Sue Sanderson, cabinet member for Children’s Services said: “I would urge parents and carers to apply as soon as possible to get the best chance of transport arrangements being in place for their child before September.  

Children from low-income families (those receiving free school meals and uniform vouchers, or those whose families qualify for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit at the maximum level) may also qualify for transportation assistance. 

Councillor Neil Hughes, cabinet member for Transport and Environmental Services, added:  “Home to School Transport is a vital service that ensures students can access education, irrespective of the distance. I would encourage eligible families to make their applications as early as possible.”