Rather than simply applying the statutory minimum provision, an innovative approach has been adopted with a minimum distance provision of 1½ miles for primary pupils, and 3 miles for secondary pupils, coupled with a subsidised transport service for secondary pupils travelling between 1½ and 3 miles. This allows parents the option to pay a fixed fee for travel, and depending on individual circumstances, a discount / exemption scheme is in place. This provides discounted travel for those in receipt of free school meals and to families with more than one child requiring transport.
Free school meal entitlement results in a 100% discount, while multiple children at the same address receive a 50% discount for the second child with any further children receiving a 100% discount. Fees can be paid by a variety of methods including instalments over the 10 month school year.