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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.

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If you had a concessionary seat in the 2020/21 school year we will have your details on file and your application will be rolled forward into 2021/22 automatically (unless you chose to opt out of this). You do not need to re-apply unless your address or school has changed. Please contact us at passengertransport@durham.gov.uk or on 03000 264444 (option 3) if they have.

If you did not have a concessionary seat in the 2020/21 school year you can apply for a concessionary seat using the application form for the appropriate school below.

In both cases, we will keep your details on file and contact you as the situation develops.

Students attending schools with 6th Form where concessionary seats are available can also apply for a concessionary seat on school transport. Please note a fresh application will be required as they enter Year 12 irrespective of whether they attended the same school in Year 11 but this new application will roll over into Year 13.

You may be concerned about safety on school transport following the coronavirus outbreak. You can read our statement on this at Home to school transport.

This page contains information about the September 2021 secondary school schemes. If you wish to apply 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 2021-22: Standard Scheme (PDF, 232.5kb) . 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.

We cannot guarantee that seats on school transport will be available. The routes shown in the table below are those expected to be available in 2021/22.

Paying for your seat

For most schemes, we cannot yet provide details of the cost of seats. If your application is successful, we will write to you with details of costs before you have to pay anything, and you may opt out of the scheme at any time. If there is a cost for a seat, you will usually only be charged for the days of scheduled travel.

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 £304 per school year, equivalent to £1.60 per day. The cost may vary at schools with special schemes. Please see the table below.

Schools list

SchoolHow to apply for concessionary seatTimetable
The Academy at Shotton Hall

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Academy Shotton Hall School bus timetable (PDF, 128.8kb)
Belmont Community School

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Belmont Community School bus timetable (PDF, 143.4kb)
Bishop Barrington School

Details to be confirmed

Icon for pdf Bishop Barrington School bus timetable (PDF, 135.9kb)
Consett AcademyConcessionary seats are not available-
Durham Community Business College

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Durham Community Business College bus timetable (PDF, 142.2kb)
Durham Johnston School

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Durham Johnston School bus timetable (PDF, 136.9kb)
Easington Academy

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Easington Science College bus timetable (PDF, 130.8kb)

Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College bus timetable (PDF, 139.9kb)
Framwellgate School

Concessionary seats are not available

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Greenfield Community CollegeConcessionary seats are not available-
The Hermitage AcademyConcessionary seats are not available-
Hetton School

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

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King James I School

Details to be confirmed.

Icon for pdf King James I School bus timetable (PDF, 120.8kb)
North Durham Academy

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf North Durham Academy bus timetable (PDF, 140.0kb)
Park View Community SchoolConcessionary seats are not available-
Parkside Academy

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Parkside Academy bus timetable (PDF, 136.8kb)
Seaham High School

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Seaham High School bus timetable (PDF, 117.1kb)
Sedgefield Community College

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf Sedgefield Community College bus timetable (PDF, 147.8kb)
Staindrop Academy

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf Staindrop School Business and Enterprise College bus timetable (PDF, 140.3kb)
St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron Sixth Form, Peterlee

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron Sixth Form, Peterlee bus timetable (PDF, 149.3kb)
St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, LanchesterConcessionary seats are not available-
St John's Catholic School and Sixth Form College

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf St John's School and Sixth Form College bus timetable (PDF, 169.5kb)
St Leonard's Catholic School

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf St Leonard's Catholic School bus timetable (PDF, 175.5kb)
Sunnydale SchoolThis is now the Sunnydale Campus of Greenfield School.-
Tanfield School

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf Tanfield School bus timetable (PDF, 123.8kb)
Teesdale School

Special arrangements apply at this school.

Icon for pdf Teesdale School bus timetable (PDF, 137.7kb)
Wellfield Community School

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Wellfield Community School bus timetable (PDF, 138.5kb)
Whitworth Park School

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Whitworth Park School bus timetable (PDF, 129.5kb)
Wolsingham School and Community College

Special arrangements apply at this school.

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Woodham Academy

The Durham County Council Standard scheme applies at this school. Apply for a concessionary school transport seat online. Please select the scheme 'DCC Standard Scheme Schools'.

Icon for pdf Woodham Academy bus timetable (PDF, 112.7kb)

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