Eligibility criteria for free school travel to secondary schools in Southampton.

If your child attends the Cedar School or Rosewood Free School, they automatically qualify for free school travel.

A child must meet all of the relevant criteria to qualify for free school travel:

Secondary non-faith schools

  • The home to school distance is more than 3 miles
  • They attend the nearest appropriate school to their home
    or
  • The home to school distance is between 2 miles and 6 miles
  • They attend one of the three nearest appropriate schools to their home
  • They meet the means-testing criteria

Secondary faith schools

  • The home to school distance is between 2 miles and 15 miles
  • They attend the nearest appropriate faith school to their home
  • They meet the means-testing criteria
  • They are baptised or otherwise accepted into the faith of the school, or have a letter from their religious leader stating that because of their faith, their preference is to attend a faith-based school

Special secondary schools

  • The home to school distance is between 2 miles and 6 miles. The upper distance limit will not apply if they are attending the nearest appropriate school to their home
  • They attend one of the three nearest appropriate schools to their home, as determined by the council