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Spare seats scheme

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. If your child is in a mainstream school, seats are offered on some home to school vehicles where there are no public services on which your child could pay a daily fare.

Do you qualify?

If your application for transport has been refused, you will have been asked if you would like to purchase a spare seat if they do not meet the eligibility criteria. If you have advised us that you would be happy with this, then your child will be added to a waiting list, if a 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.

In many cases it will not be possible to offer a spare seat until after the term has started and we know the number of eligible pupils needing transport.

If you require further information, please email

How much does it cost?

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 September) - £880Term paymentHalf term payment
Term one (September –December)  £330  £165 (x 2)
Term two (January – April)  £330   £165 (x 2)
Term three (April – July)  £220   £110 (x2)


Children with 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.

Once offered, the majority of spare seats will be guaranteed for the full academic year, however spare seats on smaller vehicles may be withdrawn if the seat is required for an eligible pupil.

Can't find what you are looking for? Visit our School transport FAQ page.


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