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Eligibility for a Zero Fare Bus Pass / Train Pass / Cycle Allowance for School Pupils

You should read the full home to school transport policy before making an application which can be found here.

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORT ELIGIBILITY FROM SEPTEMBER 2017

Following an extensive consultation between 23 May 2016 and 13 July 2016, the Council took the decision to end discretionary support for pupils attending denominational secondary schools from September 2017and you can read the full report hereThe Council will no longer provide a bus pass for pupils attending denominational schools other than for the following eligible pupils:

Group 1

Pupils whose nearest qualifying school is outside ‘walking distance’. ‘Walking distance’ is more than:
• two miles for children under the age of 8
• three miles for children aged 8-16

Group 2
Pupils from low income families travelling to:
• one of the nearest three qualifying schools where they live more than two miles but less than six miles from that school
• the nearest school preferred by reason of a parent’s faith or belief, where the school is more than two miles but less than 15 miles from the child’s home.

Group 3
Pupils who move into Tameside from another area, are in Years 10 or 11, want to stay at their current school and will have to travel more than three miles to that school.

NOTES

Low income is defined as pupils who are eligible for free school meals or parents eligible for the maximum level of Working Tax Credit.  Proof will be required.

The distance between home and school is measured by the nearest available walking route

The law defines a qualifying school as a school with places available that provides education appropriate to the age, ability and aptitude of the child.

A cycle allowance of £30 per year is payable instead of a bus pass if requested.

It should be noted that when a dispute occurs between a parent / guardian and the Council, the distance between home and school is measured by an officer of the Council.

How do I apply for a travel pass?

There are now 3 easy ways to apply for a travel pass:

  • If you are in receipt of:
    • Income support or Job Seekers Allowance
    • Employment Support Allowance (Income based)
    • Child Tax Credit (with an annual income as assessed by the Inland Revenue not exceeding £16190)
    • Maximum Working Tax Credit (with no deductions for income)
    • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if you are a person seeking asylum, a family from abroad, a refugee, traveller or Roma Gypsy
    • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Please print and complete the application form (0.1MB)
  • telephone the council's call centre on 0161 342 8355 or
  • visit in person at one of the council's Customer Services Offices.
 

If you live in Tameside and are unsure whether your child will be eligible for a free bus pass, please still fill in an application form and send this into school admissions. You will not need to attach a passport photograph at this time, once we have confirmed you are eligible we will request a passport photograph to issue your free bus pass.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

School Admissions Section
Council Offices
Shirley House
5 Oldham St
Hyde
Tameside
SK14 1LJ
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 4068 / 3214 / 2286