Free school transport - Sixth form

Discretionary free school transport is available for sixth form students (Year 12 to Year 13) pupils if their home is more than three miles away from the nearest suitable school or there is no safe walking route. To be considered for discretionary 6th form transport pupils must be: 

  • less than 19 years of age on the 1st of September on commencing studies
  • must be studying full time
  • attending nearest suitable school - regardless of subjects being studied.

If you are enrolling in 6th form (Year 12) in the same school you have previously received transport for (Years 7 -11) you must re-apply for sixth form transport. 

How to apply

You can apply online for free school transport to the nearest suitable sixth form.

You can only apply for free school transport if a place has been confirmed at a school and you live in Denbighshire.

Apply online for free school transport to a sixth form

If you would like to track the progress of your school transport application, or if you have been asked to provide more information, you can track the progress or provide more information online.

Track progress or provide more information on a school transport application

What happens next:

If your application is successful, we will contact you directly to confirm pickup times and other details. The amount of time it will take us will depend on when you apply.

Mid-term applications

If you are applying for free school transport to start during the school year, we will contact you about the outcome of your application within 15 working days.

Start of school year applications

If you are applying for free school transport to start at the beginning of the school year (September), we will contact you about the outcome of your application before or during the summer holidays.

If your application is refused

If your application for free school transport is refused, we will contact you to let you know why. Unfortunately there is no right to appeal if refused as 6th form education is not statutory, however  if you have been refused for free transport Denbighshire Passenger Transport may be aware of concessionary seats where you can pay to travel or alternatively some colleges and 6th form providers may operate their own free transport. 

More information

Where can free school transport be provided from?

Free school transport, is only provided to the registered home address. Transport is not provided to addresses of other family members, friends, parents work addresses, childcare facilities or any other address that is not the registered home address.

Dual residency

If a pupil has dual residency e.g. parents living at different properties, free transport can be provided for both addresses, but as well as the standard eligibility criteria, we will need to:

  • Receive an application for each address.
  • Make sure the school attended is the nearest suitable school to the main residence.
  • Main residence is usually the property to which child benefit is paid and the address registered with school
  • Find out which days the pupil will be travelling from each address.
  • Refuse applications for weekend travel e.g. drop off on Friday and pick up on a Monday morning.

If the second residence is in a different county, then an application will need to be made to that county.

Moving house

If a pupil receiving free school transport moves home part way through the school year, then a new application will need to completed and assessed.

If after moving home a pupil is not attending what the Authority considers to be their nearest suitable school then they will not be eligible for free school transport.

We will consider providing discretionary transport for a pupil who is part way through a GCSE year (Year 10 and 11).

Pick up and drop off times 

For information about free school transport pick up and drop off times, please contact 01824 706000 or email passengertransport@denbighshire.gov.uk.