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School transport

The transport team is responsible for providing transport to schools for pupils who would otherwise be unable, or would have considerable difficulty, gaining access to education.


The council has a duty to ensure that every child in the city has access to a school place; for some children the council has a legal duty to provide free home to school transport.


Most parents/carers send their children to the school in their catchment area, or to the nearest available school. The council provides free transport to the nearest available eligible school for any full-time pupil when there is no school place available within the ‘statutory walking distance’ as stated in the Education Act 1996.


School Transport Arrangements and Policies



Contact the Education Transport Team

Education Transport

Leicester City Council,

York House, 

91 Granby Street,




Telephone: 0116 454 1009, option 2. 
Please note that calls are not taken on Tuesday afternoons, or on Thursdays until after 2pm.









Note 1: Eligible schools are defined as the closest school(s) to the address at which the child resides with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s); schools can be located in either the City or County. A faith school is only classed as an eligible school for children of the faith represented by the school; a single sex school is only classed as an eligible school for children of the same sex admitted to the school (i.e. only boys or only girls).


You can see a copy of our home to school transport policy by contacting us or by clicking here .


The council recently consulted on changes to the discretionary transport it currently provides.


The consultation covered proposed changes to:


  • Transport assistance for pupils who attend voluntary aided schools

  • Post 16 transport arrangements

  • Post 16 special educational needs transport arrangements

 Details of this consultation and the agreed changes can be found by clicking through to the Executive Decision page.