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Current Coronavirus restrictions

Temporary vacant seat scheme

Vacant seat update

Applications are currently suspended

The temporary vacant seat scheme is currently suspended for all applications.  If you have previously made an application for the next academic year this will not be processed at this time and it is important that you continue to make your own transport arrangements.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to offer the scheme in order to maximise space on school transport for entitled pupils.

Any updates will be made on this page so please continue to check. 

What is the scheme?

This scheme is where we have hired a vehicle and it has more seats than we need for pupils entitled to free or subsidised transport. Spare seats may be available through our application process for pupils not entitled to free transport.

The number of seats for this scheme are limited and we cannot guarantee a place. There is no guarantee that a seat will be available under the scheme, nor is it a statutory requirement to offer a seat. Should a seat not be available you remain responsible for arranging and funding travel as you feel is necessary.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently suspended. If you wish to be updated with changes to the current situation please send your email address to TemporaryVacantSeatScheme We will only make contact with you if there are any changes to the current suspension of the scheme. Updates will be made on this page.

Local Transport Options

It may be possible for your journey to be made on the local bus network. For up to date information on services operating and timetables please see Plan-your-journey or Traveline Midlands

Other Options for Travel into School

Your data

Any personal data collected through your application for a temporary vacant seat is handled securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

We will use the information to process your application for a temporary vacant seat.

The county council uses personal information about children and families to enable it to provide relevant services to them and to carry out specific functions for which it is responsible.

For more detailed information please see our data information pages.

When does transport start?

Mainstream schools

The Temporary Vacant Seat Scheme is currently suspended.

Special educational needs schools

The Temporary Vacant Seat Scheme is currently suspended.


Mainstream applications

Special Educational Needs (SEN) applications

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Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 5pm

Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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