Applications for the Spare Seat Scheme 2017/18

We are now accepting new applications for the forthcoming academic year 2017/18.

However, even if your child is already on the Spare Seat Scheme, it is your responsibility to re-apply for the next academic year. 

If you are joining the Scheme after September the Direct Debit facility will not be an option.

Success applicants WILL NOT be contacted until the beginning of August 2017 at the earliest. 

Please note that all prices are currently under review.

Spare seat scheme

This scheme is only valid once all pupils entitled to free school transport have been allocated to a seat on a service

Apply for a seat on the bus

We do not sell spare seats on the following services:

GCC can only sell spare seats on services it controls. Many school services are not run by GCC and are not part of our spare seat scheme, including the following:

These services are run by their respective operators, and therefore the costs may vary. If you would like to travel on one of these routes please contact the operator directly.

If a school bus is run by GCC and some seats are not yet occupied, you may be able to buy a travel pass, but it is not guaranteed. Please use the form below to apply online. If your application is successful, (dependent on spare seat capacity) you will be asked to pay a fee based on the average cost per seat.

The following price bands are currently under review by Gloucestershire County Council for the academic year 2017/18.

Primary: £450.00 per year
Secondary: £600.00 per year
Post-16: £750.00 per year

Apply here

The deadline for September 2017 applications is 21st July 2017.

Applications received after this date will still be processed but not included in the first round of offers.

Please note: Each pass entitles the holder to one seat on the school bus, which they may use for their morning and afternoon transport throughout the week. As a seat is held for the pass-holder every day, we cannot negotiate reduced prices or refunds for passengers who use (or would prefer to use) transport less frequently.

Once all entitled places have been allocated, we will let you know by e-mail if a seat on the bus you have requested is still available.

The allocation of pupils is usually finalised towards the end of the summer holiday, so this is when you should expect to hear back from us if applying for the new academic year. 

We sometimes cannot offer a place until after the beginning of term, and depending on the final loading figures we regrettably may not be able to offer passes to some returning pupils at all, even if they did use the bus in a previous year. 

Therefore, we strongly advise that you prepare a back-up plan in case there are no spare seats on the service you have requested.

If you receive an offer, you will then be able to pay for your bus pass, securing your child's seat for the academic year. Instructions for how to make your payment will be enclosed with the offer.

For more information about the spare seat scheme, please refer to  arrangements, terms & conditions.

If you have been offered a seat you can pay by direct debit: 

A GCC bus pass is only valid on the service named and at the times listed (i.e. at the beginning and end of the school day). It cannot be used outside of school hours, or for other school travel such as medical appointments or after school clubs. You cannot use it to board other services to the same school.

GCC can only sell spare seats on services it controls. Many school services are not run by GCC and are not part of our spare seat scheme.

We do not sell spare seats on the following services:

These services are run by their respective operators, and therefore the costs may vary. If you would like to travel on one of these routes please contact the operator directly.

If your child violates the code of conduct their pass may be temporarily or permanently withdrawn. Please familiarise yourself with the code of conduct: 

Code of conduct for pupils who use home-to-school transport

If for any reason you no longer need your seat and would like to return your bus pass, please contact the integrated transport unit. If you have requested a refund they will evaluate your request. For contact details please refer to your original offer e-mail.

If your child has lost their bus pass a replacement will cost 5 - you can order and pay online. You will need to provide your child's name, date of birth and school. Note that this only applies to bus passes issued by GCC, if the lost bus pass was provided by an outside company (i.e.any of the exceptions listed under "Valid services," above) you should instead speak to the operator.

Payment methods:

Online:

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Phone:

01452 425387

This only applies to bus passes issued by Gloucestershire County Council. If your child has a pass issued by a bus operator you will need to contact the operator direct.

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