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Selective 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.


A selective school is a grammar school or academy which admits all pupils on the basis of academic ability and performance in an entrance of selection test. In Essex, these are:


  • Chelmsford County High School for Girls
  • King Edward VI Grammar (Boys) School, Chelmsford
  • Colchester County High School for Girls
  • Colchester Royal Grammar School (Boys)


You may apply for transport to any selective school even if it is not in Essex (e.g. Southend Boys, Westcliff) and your application will be assessed.


Children qualify for transport provision to selective schools if they reside two miles or more from the school and their family is eligible for Free School Meals or has an annual taxable income less than £16,190 before deductions.


Transport will also be provided where the selective school is nearer than the nearest maintained school or academy and three miles or more away.

How to apply

If you think you qualify for selective school transport please select an option below:


What transport is provided?

Transport may take the form of a seat on a public/contract bus, train or a fuel allowance.

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/college 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 maintained school and/or nearest faith school for the purposes of transport, please e-mail and state your child’s full name and address


Alternative options

If you are not entitled to free transport from Essex County Council, there are transport services available via the Consortium for Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) should you wish to purchase a ticket directly from them.
For further information please contact the CSSE on 01245 348257 or visit