School Transport - Update 2019/20

Update from Isle of Wight Council School Transport

As an outcome of the recent agreed changes to the opening times of a number of island secondary schools, it has been necessary for the Isle of Wight Council to make significant amendments to the network of contracted home to school bus services. Further to this there has been a continual reduction in the number of students entitled to free home to school transport over the past few years. As a result the service 304 will cease at the end of this academic year. However for the small number of students who are entitled to free home to school transport, who currently access the contracted service due to be cancelled, they will be provided with a bus pass to access public bus services or alternative provision where necessary.

Please see below a brief overview of the amendments, full details of the revised services will be available on our webpages over the coming weeks

304 – Freshwater, Totland, Yarmouth and Shalfleet - A slight timing change to align with the new opening hours

The Transport Service will continue to offer the Privilege Seat Scheme for students who are not eligible for free home to school transport where spare capacity exists, further details of which shall be circulated soon.

Should you have any queries or concerns regarding these changes please contact the Council’s Transport Service:

Privilege Seat Application Window – Academic Year 2019/20

Dear Parent/Guardian

The dates for the privilege seat application window for academic year 2019 have been finalised. Should you wish to apply for a privilege seat for your child to use the school bus service you will need to apply between 9am on Monday 3rd June 2019 and 4pm on Friday 14th June 2019 for children in school years 0 – 11, only. You will not be able to apply for privilege seats for sixth form students (school years 12 – 14) at this time. Please note that the online form will only be live between the above times and that applications received outside of this window will not be accepted.

Further information on the privilege seat process can be found online, here: Please also note the FAQs, Code of Good Practice and Ticket Terms and Conditions sections available via this webpage.

If you scroll to the bottom of the above webpage you will see the bus services for which you can apply. This information will be live from 9am on Monday 3rd June 2019. Should the service you require not be listed you will not be able to apply for that service at this time.

Do bear in mind that making an application for a privilege seat does not guarantee a seat on the school bus.

Privilege seat ticket prices are set costs as follows.

- Up to a full term £130.00

- Up to half a term £65.00

- Up to a full term AM or PM only £65.00

- Up to half a term AM or PM only £32.50

Should you have any queries please contact the Transport Team at the Council via email: or telephone: 823780.

Important Points to Note

- Information on all bus services will be available on the website from 9am on Monday 3rd June 2019.

- There will no longer be merged bus services to Carisbrooke and Christ the King Colleges due to the changes to start and finish times.

- Some services to other schools will also change or be removed.

- There will be a strict payment deadline for making payment. Should you miss this deadline, the seat offered to your child will be offered to the next child on the waiting list (should one exist) and your application will be cancelled.

- Once applications have been processed by the Transport Team you will be able to see the status of your application online as well as make payment without having to contact the Council.

Route 51 from Newport

Southern Vectis are really looking forward to welcoming Cowes Enterprise College students on board their new Route 51 and hope that the route will provide a more direct service to and from school for students rather than having to use Route 1 and walking to and from stops on Park Road.

The bus will follow the standard Route 1 “via Round House” route and then turn off up Ward Avenue to serve the school. All usual bus stops are served en route.

Standard fares will apply as per Route 1, though students can of course take advantage of purchasing either Freedom tickets for 7 days, 30 days or 90 days, or multi-day tickets (which don’t have to be used on consecutive days) in 5 day, 15 day or 30 day bundles, through our Key card scheme. These tickets are a great way of saving money on single fares and also tickets can be used outside of school times eg evenings, weekends, school holidays etc, allowing great flexibility. (the 7 day Freedom ticket can be bought as a paper ticket on the bus as well) For information on registering for the Key card and purchasing Freedom / Multi-day tickets, please visit or contact our Customer Services department on 01202 678100 (0800-1830 Mondays to Fridays).

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