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Faith primary school

27 August 2015

The full Education Transport Policy sets out the criteria for a child to qualify for school transport. If entitlement to transport is important to how your child will get to and from school, it is vital you read and understand the policy before you apply for a school place.

What is a faith primary school?

A faith school is one which is voluntary aided or faith academy school which admits pupils on the basis of their and/or their parents adherence to the faith. Information about your child's type of school can found on Directgov.

Before you apply - are you eligible?

In order to qualify for transport to a faith primary school, the following must apply:
  • The family must be eligible for free school meals due to their low income or have an annual household income of less than £16,190 and live two miles or more from their designated or nearer faith school


  • The child must be baptised into the faith of the school or a member of the school's faith. A baptism certificate, or written confirmation from your priest, Rabbi or faith leader must be submitted with the application.

What is your designated faith school?

The designated Catholic faith school for the home address of the child is determined by Essex County Council in liaison with the Catholic diocese. For Church of England, Jewish and Muslim schools, it is the nearest school of that faith to the home address.
Contact the Education Transport and Awards team if you require further clarification at
This Education Transport Policy only applies to pupils who are resident in the area administered by Essex County Council.

How to apply

To apply for transport you can download an application form.
Parents are required to make their own arrangements where the child is starting school and attending part time.

If your child was on roll at their faith school before September 2012, please e-mail for guidance.

What transport is provided?

Transport may take the form of a seat on a contract bus, or a fuel allowance where the cost of providing it is cheaper than the cost of Essex County Council providing transport. Parents can indicate that they wish to be considered for this on their application form.

Fuel allowance

Essex County Council is able to offer parents/carers a payment in advance in order for them to take their entitled child to school where the cost of the payment is less than the cost of Essex County Council providing transport.
The allowance is paid at 45p per mile to cover fuel costs for return journeys at the start and end of the standard school day. Please indicate on the application if you would like to be considered for a fuel allowance.
Where 45p is in excess of the cost of the county council providing transport we would consider an alternative rate of 17p per mile.

Route and distance measurement

Please refer to the Education Transport Policy.

To find out your nearest faith school for the purposes of transport, please e-mail and state your child’s full name and address