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Spare seats scheme

We are now offering spare seats on our contracted services where available.

You can contact us to register an interest in purchasing a spare seat from us. We will then add you to our waiting list.

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Spare seats are a space on a school vehicle (operated by or on behalf of us) that has not been allocated to an eligible pupil. A spare seat will only be offered where there are no public services on which your child could pay a daily fare on.

Allocation of spare seats

If you have contacted us expressing an interest in purchasing a spare seat you will be added to a waiting list. If a spare seat becomes available, we will contact you and explain what you need to do next.

When allocating a seat, we prioritise the following way:

  • current spare seat holders
  • pupils living in our area
  • pupils living outside the authority

Please note that spare seats are not always available from the start of the academic year and parent/carers should expect to make their own arrangements. Spare seats are only offered where it is likely that they will not be required for a pupil eligible for free travel assistance and this is not always clear until a couple of weeks into the academic year (particularly where there have been late school applications).

It is the parents/guardians responsibility to ensure that children are able to get to school, and parents should not expect that a spare seat will be available for the whole time their child is at their chosen school.

Please be advised that where we are able to sell spare seats, this does not guarantee a seat for the whole year. The usual terms and conditions of the scheme will still apply, i.e. if the seat is no longer available it can be withdrawn at short notice. It is essential for parent/carers to have considered alternative arrangements should a vacant seat not be available.


There is an annual charge for a spare seat of £880 per academic year, per child. Payments are requested in advance and can be made annually, termly or half termly.

Annual charge (due Sept) - £880Term paymentHalf term payment
Term one (Sept-Dec)£330£165 (x2)
Term two (Jan-April)£330£165 (x2)
Term three (April-July)£220£110 (x2)

Special educational needs (SEN) and/or Disability needs

A spare seat may be offered on an education contract vehicle where there is the capacity.

If your child is of primary or secondary school age and can show that you are in financial difficulty, you may be able to pay a reduced charge of £440 (per year). You will need to provide detailed information about your monthly income and outgoings. This will then be considered by the benefits team.

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