Apply for a concessionary seat on school transport
Where spare seats are available on a school bus, they can be sold to pupils who are not entitled to free transport. These are called concessionary seats.
This page contains information about the September 2019 schemes. If you wish to apply for the 2018/19 school year, or for primary school transport, please contact us.
Terms and conditions
For most secondary schools, you can apply through our standard scheme, but for some, either special arrangements apply or there's no contracted school transport. The schools list highlights these schools.
If your school uses the standard scheme, please read the terms and conditions in our schools list against your school.. It also explains how you apply for a seat, how seats are allocated and how to pay. If your school does not use the standard scheme, the terms and conditions are listed in the
Paying for your seat
If your application is successful, we will send you an invoice for the total cost. You can pay for the seat in monthly instalments.
How much does it cost?
The standard cost for each concessionary seat is £292.60 per school year, equivalent to £1.54. The cost may vary at schools with special schemes.
|School||How to apply for concessionary seat||Timetable|
|The Academy at Shotton Hall|
|Belmont Community School|
|Bishop Barrington School|
A special bus runs from Newton Aycliffe, Shildon, Coundon, Leeholme, and Butterknowle. The charge for a full school year is £456. If more than one sibling is travelling, the charge will be £285 for subsequent pupils.
Pupils travelling from Cockfield area can apply to travel on the school's own minibus. Please contact the school directly.
|Consett Academy||Concessionary seats are not available||-|
|Durham Community Business College|
|Durham Johnston School|
Ferryhill Business and Enterprise Centre
Pupils travelling from Ferryhill, Chilton and Kelloe
You can apply for a concessionary seat if:
The charge for a full school year is £228, equivalent to £1.20 per day. Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College are covering the remaining cost of travel.
Pupils travelling from Spennymoor and Kirk Merrington
The charge for a full school year from Kirk Merrington is £190, the equivalent of £1 per day and the charge from Spennymoor (including Middlestone Moor and Tudhoe) is £342, the equivalent of £1.80 per day. Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College are covering the remaining cost of travel.
Concessionary seats are not available
|Greenfield Community College||Concessionary seats are not available||-|
|The Hermitage Academy||Concessionary seats are not available||-|
|King James I School|
|North Durham Academy|
Pupils travelling from areas formerly served by Greencroft School (Annfield Plain, Burnhope, Catchgate, Craghead, Harelaw, Lanchester and Pelton)
Pupils travelling from all other areas, apart from those listed above
|Park View Community School||Concessionary seats are not available||-|
|Seaham High School|
|Sedgefield Community College|
Pupils living over 2 miles, where Sedgefield is not the nearest school
Pupils living over 2 miles, where Sedgefield is the nearest school
Any child registered for free school meals who does not receive free transport from the council will be able to travel for free under the school's scheme. Contact Sedgefield Community College for details.
Families with more than one child travelling will only need to pay once.
Pupils travelling from Toft Hill, Etherley, Etherley Lane, Tindale Crescent, St Helen Auckland, West Auckland and Evenwood not eligible for free transport from the council.
The school is providing free concessionary travel for for all of the above pupils - contact Staindrop Academy for details.
|St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron Sixth Form, Peterlee|
The school provides free travel for all pupils living over 2 miles from school on existing routes, and not eligible for free transport from the council.
|St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester||Concessionary seats are not available||-|
|St John's Catholic School and Sixth Form College|
The school provides additional transport to ensure seats are available and operates a subsidy scheme. Discounts are available depending on household income and the number of siblings travelling.
|St Leonard's Catholic School||The standard annual charge is £503.50. Discounts are available for siblings travelling or pupils living in households with an annual income under £25,521 before tax and National Insurance. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online - please read .|
|Sunnydale School||This is now the Sunnydale Campus of Greenfield School.||-|
Pupils travelling from Flint Hill, Dipton, Harelaw, Catchgate, Annfield Plain, New Kyo and Oxhill areas
Pupils travelling from Burnopfield area can apply for a seat on Go North East's service to the school.
Some pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium may receive additional help from school - contact Teesdale School for more information.
Pupils travelling from Hamsterley
Pupils may apply for a concessionary school transport seat online for the 891 service. The charge for this is £330 per school year. Please read .
Pupils travelling from Butterknowle, Copley, Woodland and Stainton Grove
Pupils can travel on the 891 service. Normal fares apply. Alternatively you can apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. The charge for this is £285. Please read .
Pupils travelling from Wackerfield, Ingleton and Whorlton
Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online for a seat on the Hodgson contract 3048.
Pupils travelling from Evenwood, Cockfield and Staindrop
Pupils can travel on the 85 service and buy weekly tickets from the bus driver. The cost is £9 per week.
Pupils travelling from Gainford, Winston and Stainton
Pupils can buy a ticket from Arriva North East to use the X75 and X76 services. This costs £330 per school year.
|Wellfield Community School|
|Whitworth Park School|
|Wolsingham School and Community College|
Pupils travelling from Billy Row, Roddymoor, Sunniside, Stanley Crook, High Grange, Howden-le-Wear, Fir Tree, Wear Valley Junction and Witton-le-Wear
The school provides a bus travel scheme for families in the above areas, who would have been eligible for free travel under our old scheme. Contact Wolsingham School and Community College for more information.
Notes on the scheme
- Charges are calculated for the full school year of 190 days for Years 7-10. Year 11 pupils attend school for 170 days, and the annual charge will be lower to reflect this shorter school year.
- If you apply after the start of the school year, the cost of the seat will be calculated at the daily rate of the scheme for the number of days remaining in the school year.
- Passes are issued each term and we do not normally make adjustments for short term absences.
- Concessionary seats
- Concessionary seats
- 03000 264 444 (option 3)
Our address is:
- Passenger Transport
- Regeneration and Local Services
- County Hall
- County Durham
- DH1 5UQ
- 0191 389 8182