Free school transport is awarded to pupils who meet the distance entitlement criteria.

Most entitled pupils will be given a season ticket for bus travel. However, a minibus or taxi may be used depending on where you live. Children who are not entitled to free school transport can travel on most school bus services after paying the appropriate fare.


How to Apply

You can download the School Transport application form.

School transport application form

You also can get application forms from:

  • Abbotsford House
  • By calling 01324 504966 or 01324 504724

You can also download the 'Information for Parents and Scholars' leaflet.

School transport Info for parents

School Transport Timetables

Please see the school pages for bus timetables.


Frequently asked questions

  1. What are the criteria for free school transport?
  2. I receive benefits/tax credits. Does my child qualify for free school transport?
  3. My child attends school as a result of a placing request. Is my child entitled to free school transport?
  4. I have changed address in a “critical” school year. Is my child entitled to free school transport?
  5. How is the distance measured?
  6. Who is responsible for getting children to the school transport pick-up point?
  7. Does my child have to show their travel pass to travel?
  8. My child has lost his/her travel pass. Can I get a replacement?
  9. What happens if a child misbehaves while on school transport?
  10. Will school transport run in bad weather?
  11. Are school transport drivers vetted?

What are the criteria for free school transport?

If the child is aged eight years of age or under, they must live more than one mile away from their catchment school. If the child is over eight years old, they must live more than two miles away from their catchment school.


I receive benefits/tax credits. Does my child qualify for free school transport?

No. Free school transport is only provided to children who meet the distance criteria.


My child attends school as a result of a placing request. Is my child entitled to free school transport?

No, children attending school as a result of a placing request are not entitled to free school transport.


I have changed address in a “critical” school year. Is my child entitled to free school transport?

If you move out of the catchment area and your child is in a “critical” school year (typically S4-S6), your child may be entitled to free school transport. Please complete the School Transport application form and return it to Abbotsford House


How is the distance measured?

Distances are measured using the nearest available safe walking route.


Who is responsible for getting children to the school transport pick-up point?

Parents are responsible for getting their child to and from the school transport pick-up/set-down point. They should make their child aware of a safe route between their home and the pick-up/set-down point.


Does my child have to show their travel pass to travel?

Yes, a valid travel pass is required to travel. Children without a valid travel pass will be charged the appropriate fare.

If a child loses their travel pass during the school day, they should contact the school office who will give them a voucher so they can travel home. Until the replacement pass is issued, they will have to pay the appropriate fare to and from school.


My child has lost his/her travel pass. Can I get a replacement?

If your child has lost their Falkirk Council travel pass, please contact us on 01324 504966 or 01324 504724. There is a £10 charge for a replacement travel pass.

If your child has lost a First travel pass, please contact 01324 602200. There is a £10 charge for a replacement travel pass.

Damaged, defaced, split or unreadable travel passes are not valid for travel.


What happens if a child misbehaves while on school transport?

Many school transport vehicles are fitted with CCTV. The Transport Planning Unit, transport operators and schools work together to identify children responsible for misbehaviour, vandalism and smoking. They can ban misbehaving children from school transport.

In the event of a transport ban, parents may be required to attend a meeting at the school. Parents will be responsible for getting their child to and from school during the ban.


Will school transport run in bad weather?

The driver will use his/her judgement about the safety of the roads in bad weather. If a morning journey is abandoned due to weather or road conditions, children will be returned to the pick-up point.

In bad weather, school transport may only run on main roads. Parents should contact the transport operator in bad weather to check if the service is running.


Are school transport drivers vetted?

Yes, all drivers of school transport are vetted under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.