Getting to Sixth Form or College: 16-19 year olds
Post-16 journey planner
The first step in finding out how to travel to and from school/college is to plan a journey with public transport by using our Post-16 journey planner.
All you need to do is find the school or college you're attending or plan to attend, put in your home postcode and select a date and time that would be practical for a normal study day. The planner will then find the most efficient route for your journey.
If you can't find a practical public transport route from where you live, you might want to check what other options are available for Post-16 transport.
The following criteria must be met to qualify for the subsidised Post-16 travel offer
- Live over 3 miles from your nearest suitable provision (college or sixth form)*
- Live in Suffolk
- Are studying a full time course (min. 12 hours a week )
- Started your course before your 19th birthday
- Are studying a course that is only available at a facility that is not your nearest.
*This can be different to the Transport Priority Area. The current full Post-16 policy is available to download here: Post 16 travel policy for 2016/2017 (PDF 417KB) The policy for the next school year can be found here: Post 16 Policy Statement 2017/2018 (PDF 389 KB)
There is a cost for this transport from September 2017 of £630 per annum which is payable in instalments. This cost increases by £30 annually (£10 per term).
Find out if your child is eligible under the Post-16 travel policy
If your child is aged 16 to 19 years old and not entitled to post 16 transport, there are other options available.
With a cashless Endeavour Card you can get at least 25% discount off full price adult fares on participating bus services.
Public transport routes offer many alternative and convenient routes to and from school/college. Helpful tip: You can search the journey planner using postcodes.
Interactive public transport map of Suffolk (opens in new window)
Bus operators own schemes
The First Endeavour Annual tickets allow anyone between the ages of 16-19 who has a Endeavour Card to purchase an annual ticket, but pay for it in monthly instalments.
Many bus operators offer discounted fares and season tickets for young people, to find out current schemes on offer please check with the bus company that operates your bus service.
Connecting Communities is a transport service provided by Suffolk County Council designed to help people travel around the county of Suffolk who might not have access to a regular bus service. The Endeavour Card is also accepted on all Connecting Communities services (see Endeavour Card information above).
School/college's own transport
What is spare seats transport?
If there are spare seats on a school bus, we make them available to families living on the route who don't qualify for free home to school or post 16 transport.
How much does it cost?
From 1 September 2017 the cost for spare seats transport will be:
- £210 per seat per term for a student living under 3 miles between their home to school or post 16 education centre.
- £230 per seat per term for a student living over 3 miles between their home to school or post 16 education centre.
This charge will increase each year by £10 per term (£30 per year).
There is no exemption to this cost for families on low income.
How do I apply for spare seats transport?
You will need to complete an application form to see if we can offer you transport assistance under our spare seats transport scheme.
This can be done by either:
- filling out an online application form
- calling 0345 6066173
Policies and Terms and Conditions
Spare seats policy 2016/17 (PDF, 35.2KB)
To travel on home to school/college transport, all users are required to have a travel pass which includes a colour photograph (regardless of age or entitlement).
Who can get one
You should only complete a photo application form if you have received a letter from us informing you of either:
- free entitlement to home to school transport
- confirmation that a place is available on discretionary transport
Students with special education needs don't need to submit a photo form if the journey to school/college will be made solely on a special needs taxi or minibus. You only need to submit the photo form if any public transport or school/college bus service is involved. The letter confirming your transport will advise you of this.
Receiving your pass
Once your form has been completed and payment (where applicable) has been received, the travel pass will be issued.
This can take up to 10 working days.
When you complete your photo application form online you will be sent an email advising when the card has been sent to print.
Using your pass
Our policy requires students to hold a valid travel pass which incorporates a photograph to show the bus driver that you are entitled to travel.