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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 2018 schemes. If you wish to apply for the 2017/18 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 Icon for pdf Concessionary seats guide for parents (PDF, 252.6kb) . 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 schools list against your school.

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.

Schools list

SchoolHow to apply for concessionary seatTimetable
The Academy at Shotton HallApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Academy Shotton Hall school bus timetable (PDF, 8.7kb)
Belmont Community SchoolApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Belmont Community School bus timetable (PDF, 15.8kb)
Bishop Barrington SchoolApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Bishop Barrington school bus timetable (PDF, 8.5kb)
Consett AcademyConcessionary seats are not available-
Durham Community Business CollegeApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Durham Community Business College bus timetable (PDF, 10.2kb)
Durham Johnston SchoolApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Durham Johnston School bus timetable (PDF, 13.7kb)
Easington AcademyApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Easington Science College bus timetable (PDF, 8.9kb)

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 2018 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 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 or 2017/18.
  • 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.

Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online or download and complete Icon for pdf Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College concessionary seats application form (PDF, 237.0kb) , and please read Icon for pdf Ferryhill main scheme concessionary spare seats guide for parents (PDF, 266.0kb) .

Pupils travelling from Spennymoor and Kirk Merrington

Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online (for a Spennymoor area concessionary seat) or download and complete Icon for pdf Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College concessionary seats application form (PDF, 237.0kb) , and please read Icon for pdf Ferryhill and Spennymoor concessionary spare seats guide for parents (PDF, 250.6kb) .

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, 15.8kb)
Framwellgate School

Concessionary seats are not available

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Fyndoune Community CollegeApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Fyndoune School bus timetable (PDF, 7.1kb)
Greenfield Community CollegeConcessionary seats are not available-
The Hermitage AcademyConcessionary seats are not available-
Hetton SchoolApply for a concessionary school transport seat online-
King James I SchoolApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf King James I School bus timetable (PDF, 6.5kb)
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, 237.7kb) .

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

Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online

Icon for pdf North Durham Academy bus timetable (PDF, 19.6kb)
Park View Community SchoolConcessionary seats are not available-
Parkside AcademyApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Parkside Academy bus timetable (PDF, 14.7kb)
Seaham High SchoolApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Seaham School bus timetable (PDF, 5.5kb)
Sedgefield Community College

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

  • The charge for a full school year is £376.20 (equivalent to £1.98 per day).
  • For morning or afternoon only journeys, the charge for a full school year is £250.80 (equivalent to £1.32 per day).

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

  • The charge for a full school year is £250.80 (equivalent to £1.32 per day).
  • For morning or afternoon only journeys, the charge for a full school year is £174.80 (equivalent to 92p 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.

Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online or download and complete Icon for pdf Sedgefield Community College concessionary seats application form (PDF, 611.1kb) .

Icon for pdf Sedgefield Community College bus timetable (PDF, 18.8kb)
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 2018/19 for all of the above pupils - contact Staindrop Academy for details.

Icon for pdf Staindrop School Business and Enterprise College bus timetable (PDF, 24.5kb)
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.

Icon for pdf St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron Sixth Form, Peterlee bus timetable (PDF, 24.4kb)
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. Discounts are available depending on household income and the number of siblings travelling.

Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online or download and complete Icon for pdf St John's Concessionary Seat application form (PDF, 227.9kb) .

Icon for pdf St John's School and Sixth Form College bus timetable (PDF, 40.1kb)
St Leonard's Catholic SchoolThe standard annual charge is £494. 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  Icon for pdf St Leonard's Catholic School transport - guide for parents (PDF, 264.8kb) . Icon for pdf St Leonard's Catholic School bus timetable (PDF, 48.1kb)
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, 6.9kb)
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

Pupils may apply for a concessionary school transport seat online for the 891 service or download and complete Icon for pdf Teesdale school concessionary seats application form (PDF, 238.2kb) . The charge for this is £330 per school year. Please read Icon for pdf Teesdale school concessionary seat guide for parents (PDF, 248.8kb) .

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 or download and complete Icon for pdf Teesdale school concessionary seats application form (PDF, 238.2kb) . The charge for this is £285. Please read Icon for pdf Teesdale school concessionary seat guide for parents (PDF, 248.8kb) .

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.

Icon for pdf Teesdale School bus timetable (PDF, 14.9kb)
Wellfield Community SchoolApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Wellfield Community School bus timetable (PDF, 55.1kb)
Whitworth Park SchoolApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Whitworth Park School bus timetable (PDF, 9.4kb)
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.

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Woodham AcademyApply for a concessionary school transport seat online Icon for pdf Woodham Academy bus timetable (PDF, 4.9kb)

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 (option 3)
Our address is:
  • Passenger Transport
  • Regeneration and Local Services
  • County Hall
  • County Durham
  • DH1 5UQ
0191 389 8182
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