Apply for a spare 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 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.
Download and complete the. Please read the terms and conditions in our . 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
Theprovides 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.
|School||How to apply for concessionary seat||Timetable|
|The Academy at Shotton Hall||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Belmont Community School||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Bishop Barrington School||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Consett Academy||Concessionary seats are not available||-|
|Durham Community Business College||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Durham Johnston School||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Easington Academy||Apply through the standard scheme|
Ferryhill Business and Enterprise Centre
Pupils travelling from Ferryhill, Chilton and Kelloe
You can apply for a concessionary seat if:
Download and complete, and please read .
Pupils travelling from Spennymoor and Kirk Merrington
You can apply for a Spennymoor area concessionary seat. Download and complete, and please read .
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
|Fyndoune Community College||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Greenfield Community College||Concessionary seats are not available||-|
|The Hermitage Academy||Concessionary seats are not available||-|
|Hetton School||Apply through the standard scheme|
|King James I School||Apply through the standard scheme|
|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||-|
|Parkside Academy||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Samuel King's School, Alston||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Seaham High School||Apply through the standard scheme|
|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 2017-2018 for all of the above pupils - contact Staindrop Academy for details.
|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.
|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 taking into account household income and siblings. Contact St John's Catholic School and Sixth Form College for details.
|St Leonard's Catholic School||The school provides additional transport to ensure seats are available - see St. Leonard's RCVA Comprehensive School - school transport for more information.|
|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
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.
|Wellfield Community School||Apply through the standard scheme|
|Whitworth Park School||Apply through the standard scheme|
|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.
|Woodham Academy||Apply through the standard scheme|
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.
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