School Transport

Privilege Seat Scheme

Service update

The application window will be open from 9am Monday 8 November 2021. Any applications received before this date will not be accepted.

If you would like your child to travel on a contracted school bus, privilege seats may be available for you to buy. Your child must not be eligible for local authority funded transport help.

When to apply

Please apply online using the form Application for a Privilege Seat on School Transport.

View timetable and route information.

Making a privilege seat application does not guarantee a seat.


There are restrictions on us selling privilege seats on any services that do not meet Public Services Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR). Some of the coaches used as part of the school transport fleet currently have an exemption until March 2022. This means we can only approve selling tickets on these vehicles for the autumn and spring terms. We expect that we can get further agreement from the Department for Transport for the summer term and will update families buying these tickets nearer to the time. Please also be aware we can only sell seats if the school bus service is the only service operating in any given area.

Further information on which areas can be served on a privilege seat basis are listed below.

Post-16 students

We are now welcoming applications from sixth form students. Please apply if you want to be considered.

What happens after applying

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We aim to process applications within five working days.

If your child is offered a seat, you will be sent an email with details of how you can pay. You will have two weeks to pay for your child’s seat. If you require transport before your payment deadline date you will need to pay as soon as possible and before travel is required.

If your child has not been successful in securing a seat, they will be placed on a waiting list for the service(s) applied for. You will be notified that your child is on the waiting list(s) and you will then be contacted as and when seats become available.

Ticket costs and payment

The cost of a ticket from September 2021 is:

 Ticket type  Whole year  Full term  Half term
 am and pm  £390.00  £130.00  £65.00
 am or pm only  £195.00  £65.00  £32.50

These can be paid in half term payments, full term payments or a one-off payment for the whole year. You will need to make payment by the deadline which is 2 weeks from the date of the offer email.

Failure to pay by the deadline will result in your privilege seat offer being removed. Your seat will then be offered to a child that may be on the waiting list. You would then need to reapply during a new application window should you want to take up a seat again.

Should you have difficulty in making payment by the deadline please send a message to the Transport team.

Please remember that if you have not made payment your child will not be permitted to travel. This will be strictly enforced.

Privilege seat services you can apply for

 Bus service  Seats available
 201  17
 202  7
 209  15
 212  15. We can only sell seats to those living in Niton and Whitwell.
 214  15. We can only sell seats to those living in Niton and Whitwell.
 215  7. We can only sell seats to those living in Arreton and Winford.