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Faith secondary 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 secondary school?

A faith school is one which is voluntary aided or faith academy school that admits pupils on the basis of their 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 secondary school, the following must apply:
  • The family must be eligible for free school meals or have an annual household income of less than £16,190, and live between 2 and 15 miles from their designated faith school


  • The child must be baptised into the faith of the school or be 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


You must provide a statement to support the reasons for choosing a faith school, on grounds of religion or belief.


This Education Transport Policy only applies to pupils who are resident in the area administered by Essex County Council.

Families not on low income

There may be a transport entitlement where the designated faith secondary school is closer than the nearest non-faith secondary school and you reside three miles or more from the school, or two miles for low income families.

What is your designated school?

The designated Catholic faith school for the home address of the child will be 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

How to apply

If your child has been allocated a place in a secondary faith school you may be entitled to assistance with home to school transport. To apply for transport you can:



We require one form per child.
We regret that we cannot currently accept online applications for secondary faith transport.
If your child was on roll at their faith school before September 2012, please e-mail for guidance.

What transport is provided?

Free transport may take the form of a seat on a contract bus, a ticket for a public bus or train or, in some circumstances, 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.