Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 27 May means all rubbish and recycling collections will be one day later that week, including Friday collections taking place on Saturday 1 June.
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Paying for school transport

To use school transport on a paying basis, we will send you a pay agreement to complete. This outlines the terms that transport is provided on and you will be told the cost. We subsidise the charges but they do increase every September.

You can pay for transport annually, or the cost can be spread over instalments. You can also pay by monthly direct debit. We ask for payment in advance.


If you choose to pay by direct debit, you will be consenting to Somerset Council carrying out a full credit check with an independent credit reference agency. This check will be recorded. We reserve the right to withdraw paying by direct debit depending on the result of this check.

If your child stops travelling during the year, please tell us in writing immediately and you will be refunded any money we owe you.

Once we have received your completed pay agreement and your payment or direct debit mandate, we will make the transport arrangements and tell you the details.

We will reduce the charge if your child has not used the transport for 10 consecutive days because of ill health, but not for holiday absences or non-attendance. To qualify for this reduction, you must tell us about your child’s absence and we will confirm it with the school.

We cannot refund any costs if the vehicle cannot run for reasons beyond our control, such as adverse weather conditions.

If we do not receive your payment for school transport the transport will stop being provided immediately. Any debts incurred will be passed to our solicitor for retrieval.

Bus passes

Passes will be issued within 6 weeks of the start of the academic year. Passes will be delivered to the school who will distribute them to all new pupils. Until all passes are delivered all operators have been instructed not to refuse travel. The pass will expire at the end of the pupil’s time at the school and should be retained for travel in future academic years. Passes should be carried at all times, even if the driver does not check them daily, because spot checks will be carried out.

If your child’s bus pass is lost or stolen, please see our Request a replacement bus pass page.

Last reviewed: February 15, 2024 by Helly

Next review due: August 15, 2024

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