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School Transport

School Transport

Education is responsible for determining Clackmannanshire Council's policy on the provision of home to school transport for mainstream pupils and pupils with Additional Support Needs (ASN).

The Travel and Transport Team works to ensure that schools, parents and pupils are properly informed of their respective responsibilities in relation to the operation of an efficient and effective home to school transport service.

Free home to school transport is provided generally either:

  • When a child lives a long way from his or her catchment area school.
  • When a child has Additional Support Needs.

Free transport may be provided by:

  • service bus, using season tickets;
  • contract hire vehicle;
  • parental transport contract.

Primary pupils

For primary pupils who are under eight at the start of the school session, transport is provided if the distance from home to school is more than one mile by the shortest suitable walking route. For those eight or over at the start of the school session, the distance is two miles.

Following the completion of P1 enrolment on the first Friday in February, each primary school submits a list of P1 pupils to the Travel and Transport Team. The Team measure the distance from home to school and, if the child is eligible for free home to school transport, the parent will be notified of arrangements before the start of the new session.

If you enroll your child:

  • into P1 after the first Friday in February OR
  • into any later stage of primary school i.e. P2 to P7, at any time,

you will need to apply for free home to school transport by completing a School Transport Application Form and returning it to the address on the form. An assessment will be carried out and, if your child is eligible for free home to school transport, you will be notified of arrangements as quickly as possible.

Secondary pupils

For secondary pupils, entitlement is as follows:

  • Alloa Academy: any pupil resident in the catchment areas of the school's associated primary schools and whose residence is over two miles from the school by the shortest suitable walking route.
  • Alva Academy: any pupil resident in the catchment areas of Menstrie PS, Tillicoultry PS, Strathdevon PS, Muckhart PS and Coalsnaughton PS.
  • Lornshill Academy: any pupil resident in the catchment area of Clackmannan PS, Craigbank PS, Fishcross PS or Deerpark PS; or who is resident in the catchment areas of Abercromby PS, Banchory PS or St. Serfs PS and his/her residence is over two miles from the school, or from the nearest designated transport pick-up point, by the shortest suitable walking route. Pupils resident in Cambus will also receive free home to school transport.

Each primary school submits to the Travel and Transport Team a list of those children in P7 who are transferring to secondary school in the new session. If a pupil is entitled to free home to school transport, this will be arranged and the parent notified of arrangements before the start of the new session.

If you enroll your child into a secondary school outwith the normal transfer arrangements, you will need to apply for free home to school transport by completing a School Transport Application Form and return it to the address on the form. An assessment will be carried out and, if your child is eligible for free home to school transport, you will be notified of arrangements as quickly as possible.

Moving home

If your child receives free home to school transport and you move to a new home, you must inform the Travel and Transport Team, so that the transport entitlement can be reassessed.

If you move to a new home and you think your child might have become entitled to free home to school transport, please complete a School Transport Application Form and send it to us at the address on the form. An assessment will be carried out and, if your child is eligible for free home to school transport, you will be notified of arrangements as quickly as possible.

Placing Requests

Remember, children who attend school as a result of a successful placing request are not eligible for free home to school transport. However, if there is a vacant seat available on a vehicle providing transport for eligible children, then a non-eligible child may be given a seat on a concessionary basis. Please contact the Travel and Transport Team for details.

Behaviour on school transport

The majority of pupils who use school transport are well behaved. However, there is a minority who misbehave to such an extent that they endanger others as well as themselves. Any misbehaviour that is likely to put the safety of any person at risk or repeated low grade misbehaviour may lead to transport provision being withdrawn from the offender(s).

Please refer to our Pupil Acceptable Standards Statement page.

For Further Information Contact

Education Services
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000
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