Opt-in (apply)

Our transport policies set out the help we may be able to provide to pupils who don’t live within walking distance of their nearest suitable school.
This distance is measured by the shortest available walking route and is:

  • two miles for children under eight
  • three miles for children aged eight and over
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Please note: A student is re-assessed for funded school travel under the current School Travel Policy when they move schools or home address.  Any previous entitlement to a previous school/home address cannot be transferred or applied.

After reading the relevant transport policy and read our school travel scenarios, if you believe your child might be entitled to school travel, you must opt-in by 31 May each year. If you are unsure if you need to opt-in please contact customer services at customer.services@suffolk.gov.uk or on 0345 606 6173. Please ensure you provide the child’s full name, date of birth, postcode and their student ID number if known.


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Current school year (2023-2024)

Suffolk County Council funded school travel for the 2023-2024 school year

Information for students travelling to County High School sites in Bury St Edmunds (PDF 135KB)

Suffolk County Council  Post-16 travel for the 2023-2024 school year

Please Note – The termly charge for Post-16 travel is £320 per term (£960 per year)


School year 2024-2025

If you receive Suffolk County Council funded school travel in 2023-2024, you can now apply to renew this travel for 2024-2025 school year.

Please ensure that a transport start date from September 2024 is added to the form.

Please note: Photographs for travel from September 2024 cannot be submitted until after 08 April 2024.

If your child is starting Secondary school in September 2024 and you have received an email from Suffolk County Council advising that you are entitled to funded school travel, you can now apply for the 2024-25 school year.

Please ensure that a transport start date from September 2024 is added to the form.

Please note: Photographs for travel from September 2024 cannot be submitted until after 08 April 2024.

Information on Post 16 travel options, including Suffolk County Council  Post-16 travel for the 2024-2025 school year.

Please note: Photographs for travel from September 2024 cannot be submitted until after 08 April 2024.


New pupils

You will be notified by email if your child is eligible for SCC funded school travel for September 2024.

  • Before 01 April 2024 (Secondary school)
  • Before 10 May 2024 (Primary school)

Please note these dates are subject to change.

Returning pupils must opt-in

You must opt-in (apply) every year to keep receiving Suffolk County Council funded school travel, even if you return to the same school in September 2024. 

You can apply from 

  • 01 March 2024 (Secondary school)
  • 01 March 2024 (Primary school)

Late applications received after 31 May 2024 may delay your child from receiving Suffolk County Council funded school travel for September 2024.

By opting in, we can keep our details about you up to date and plan our transport services efficiently.

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