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School transport

School sign

If your child requires transport to school from August 2020, you can apply using our new online application form.

Notes for parent and carers

1. You do not require to submit a new application if your child received free school transport for school term 2019/20 due to:

  • staying more than 1.5 miles from primary school
  • staying more than 3.0 miles from secondary school
  • safety reasons, there being no suitable walking route

Your child will remain registered for free transport until the end of their P7 year or S6 year.

2. You should submit a new application for: 

  • new P1 pupils who require transport for 2020/21
  • new S1 pupils who require transport for 2020/21
  • all pupils who normally qualify for subsidised transport to secondary school 

Apply online

Please note that before applying you will need to register for an Our East Ayrshire account if you do not already have one. 

School transport online application form 

Free transport

We will provide free transport for all primary pupils who live 1.5 miles or more from their local primary school (by the recognised shortest suitable walking distance) and to secondary pupils who live 3 miles or more from their local secondary school (by the recognised shortest suitable walking distance).

This policy remains more generous than that prescribed by statute and may be reviewed at any time.

Free transport may also be available on the grounds of a medical condition or in cases where a family has moved house at a critical stage of education. Download the Free School Transport leaflet (PDF 331 Kb) for details.

If you feel your child qualifies for free school travel and you wish to take advantage of this option, please fill in the Online School Transport Application.

Subsidised transport service

This service is available to secondary school pupils who live between 1.5 and 3 miles from their catchment area school. Pupils can be registered for this service on an annual basis and there are various methods available for payment over the year.

Download further information about the subsidised transport scheme

If you feel your child qualifies for subsidised transport and you wish to take advantage of this option, please fill in the Online School Transport Application.

Privilege seat availability

Subsidised privilege seats may be available, if there is spare capacity on existing school transport contracts.

Download further information about the privilege seat scheme

If you feel your child qualifies for a privilege seat and you wish to take advantage of this option, please fill in the Online School Transport Application.

Should your child suffer an injury which results in a short-term requirement for transport to and from school, it may be possible to arrange this. In the first instance, please contact your child's school. Please note that a letter from their doctor may be required.

School transport survey

Does your child take school transport? Please take our survey to let us know what you think of the service. 

Contact Information

School Transport Section
Kirkstyle Campus
Carron Avenue
Kilmarnock
KA1 3NF
Telephone: 01563 576334