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Apply for a concessionary seat


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 concessionary seat schemes for September 2017.

The scheme relates to secondary school transport. For primary schools, please contact us.

Schools where the standard scheme applies

For most secondary schools, you can apply for a concessionary seat through our standard scheme (see the schools list to see where the standard scheme applies).

How much does it cost?

The standard cost for each concessionary seat is £288.80 per school year, equivalent to £1.52 per day. If your application for a seat is successful, we will send you an invoice for the total cost. You can pay for the seat in monthly instalments.

Apply for a concessionary seat (standard scheme) 

Download and complete the Icon for pdf Concessionary seats application form (PDF, 154.4kb) . Please read the terms and conditions in our Icon for pdf Concessionary seats guide for parents (PDF, 175.8kb) . Post it to the address at the bottom of the form. Do not use this form for any schools with special arrangements (see below).

Guide for parents

The  Icon for pdf Concessionary seats guide for parents (PDF, 175.8kb)  provides more information about our concessionary seat scheme. It explains how you can apply for a seat, how seats are allocated and how to pay.

Schools where special arrangements apply

Some schools work with us to enhance our concessionary scheme (see the schools list to see where special arrangements apply) .

Schools with no contracted school transport

Some schools do not have contracted school transport, apart from taxis. Some public bus services may go to these schools. Concessionary seats are not available on public bus services. Pupils should buy bus tickets as normal when they get on the bus. See the schools list to see which schools d not provide concessionary seats.

Schools list

SchoolHow to apply for concessionary seatTimetable
The Academy at Shotton HallApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Academy Shotton Hall school bus timetable (PDF, 9.0kb)
Belmont Community SchoolApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Belmont Community School bus timetable (PDF, 14.8kb)
Bishop Barrington SchoolApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Bishop Barrington school bus timetable (PDF, 7.7kb)
Consett AcademyConcessionary seats are not available-
Durham Community Business CollegeApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Durham Community Business College bus timetable (PDF, 9.9kb)
Durham Johnston SchoolApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Durham Johnston School bus timetable (PDF, 12.9kb)
Easington AcademyApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Easington Science College bus timetable (PDF, 8.2kb)

Ferryhill Business and Enterprise Centre

Pupils travelling from Ferryhill, Chilton and Kelloe

You can apply for a concessionary seat if:

  • You are in Year 7 from September 2017 and live more than two and less than three miles from Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (by the shortest available walking route) or
  • You were in receipt of a Ferryhill concessionary seat in the school years 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016 or 2016/2017
  • The charge for a full school year is £135, equivalent to 71p per day. Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College are covering the remaining cost of travel.

Download and complete Icon for pdf Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College concessionary seats application form (PDF, 167.4kb) , and please read Icon for pdf Ferryhill main scheme concessionary spare seats guide for parents (PDF, 188.6kb) .

Pupils travelling from Spennymoor and Kirk Merrington

You can apply for a Spennymoor area concessionary seat. Download and complete Icon for pdf Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College concessionary seats application form (PDF, 167.4kb) , and please read Icon for pdf Ferryhill and Spennymoor concessionary spare seats guide for parents (PDF, 173.9kb) .

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.

Icon for pdf Ferryhill School bus timetable (PDF, 15.9kb)
Framwellgate School

Concessionary seats are not available

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Fyndoune Community CollegeApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Fyndoune School bus timetable (PDF, 6.8kb)
Greenfield Community CollegeConcessionary seats are not available-
The Hermitage AcademyConcessionary seats are not available-
Hetton SchoolApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Hetton School bus timetable (PDF, 82.3kb)
King James I SchoolApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf King James I School bus timetable (PDF, 6.3kb)
North Durham Academy

Pupils travelling from areas formerly served by Greencroft School (Annfield Plain, Burnhope, Catchgate, Craghead, Harelaw, Lanchester and Pelton)

Please read Icon for pdf North Durham Academy concessionary seats guide for parents (PDF, 162.9kb) .

Pupils travelling from all other areas, apart from  those listed above

Apply through the standard scheme

Icon for pdf North Durham Academy bus timetable (PDF, 19.1kb)
Park View Community SchoolConcessionary seats are not available-
Parkside AcademyApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Parkside Academy bus timetable (PDF, 6.7kb)
Samuel King's School, AlstonApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Samuel Kings Alston school bus timetable (PDF, 5.1kb)
Seaham High SchoolApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Seaham School bus timetable (PDF, 5.3kb)
Sedgefield Community College

Pupils living over 2 miles, where Sedgefield is not the nearest school

  • The charge for a full school year will be £313.50 (equivalent to £1.65 per day).
  • Morning or afternoon only journeys are calculated at £1.10 per day.

Pupils living over 2 miles, where Sedgefield is the nearest school

  • The charge for a full school year will be £209 (equivalent to £1.10 per day).
  • Morning or afternoon only journeys are calculated at 77p per day.

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.

Icon for pdf Sedgefield Community College bus timetable (PDF, 18.9kb)
Staindrop Academy

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 2017-2018 for all of the above pupils - contact Staindrop Academy for details.

Icon for pdf Staindrop School Business and Enterprise College bus timetable (PDF, 18.9kb)
St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron Sixth Form, Peterlee

Year 7 pupils (2017/2018)

The school provides free travel for Year 7 pupils living over 2 miles from school, and not eligible for free transport from the council.

Year 8 to 11 pupils (2017/2018)

The annual charge for Year 8 to 11 pupils is £380 (equivalent to £2 per day) 

Where there is more than one child travelling, the charge for additional siblings is £190 (equivalent to £1 per day). Siblings entitled to free transport are not counted when calculating this subsidy. 

Icon for pdf St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron Sixth Form, Peterlee bus timetable (PDF, 23.8kb)
St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, LanchesterConcessionary 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 taking into account household income and siblings. Contact St John's Catholic School and Sixth Form College for details.

Icon for pdf St John's School and Sixth Form College bus timetable (PDF, 43.1kb)
St Leonard's Catholic SchoolThe school provides additional transport to ensure seats are available  - see St. Leonard's RCVA Comprehensive School - school transport for more information. Icon for pdf St Leonard's RCVA Comprehensive school bus timetable (PDF, 48.3kb)
Sunnydale SchoolThis is now the Sunnydale Campus of Greenfield School.-
Tanfield 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.

Icon for pdf Tanfield school bus timetable (PDF, 5.7kb)
Teesdale School

Some pupils who qualify for Pupil premium may receive additional help from school - contact Teesdale School for more information.

Pupils travelling from Hamsterley

Apply via Teesdale School for a seat on 891 service. The charge for this is £330 per school year.

Pupils travelling from Butterknowle, Copley, Woodland and Stainton Grove

Pupils can travel on the 891 service. Normal fares apply.

Pupils travelling from Wackerfield, Ingleton and Whorlton

Apply through the standard scheme 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 an ticket from Arriva North East to use the X75 and X76 service only. This costs £330 per school year.

Icon for pdf Teesdale School bus timetable (PDF, 14.1kb)
Wellfield Community SchoolApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Wellfield Community School bus timetable (PDF, 10.3kb)
Whitworth Park SchoolApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Whitworth Park School bus timetable (PDF, 8.0kb)
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.

Icon for pdf Wolsingham Comprehensive School bus timetable (PDF, 5.8kb)
Woodham AcademyApply through the standard scheme Icon for pdf Woodham Academy bus timetable (PDF, 4.7kb)

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.
Contact us
Concessionary seats
03000 264 444
Our address is:
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  • Regeneration and Local Services
  • County Hall
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  • County Durham
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0191 389 8182
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