School Transport

On every school day over 11,000 pupils attend school in Argyll and Bute and almost 3,500 of them travel to and from school on transport organised by Argyll and Bute Council. Our highest priority is getting pupils safely to and from school.

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The council aims to assist parents in their responsibility of ensuring that their child attends school safely and on time in line with Council policy on the provision of transport.

The council will also strive to ensure, the most effective, safe and economical use of resources. The council will aim be responsive to the concerns of parents and guardians in the provision of appropriate transport to meet the needs of each child.

Legislative Requirements

It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to secure their children’s education. Sections 50 and 51 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 require the education authority to make appropriate provision to assist pupils’ education.

Under Section 42 of the Act, the authority must provide free transport or such other arrangements for all pupils up to age 8 who live more than 2 miles from their local school and for all pupils over age 8 who live more than 3 miles from their local school.

The Act also makes provision for a number of exceptional circumstances and special conditions under which the authority may also provide free transport.

It is assumed that a responsible adult in normal circumstances will accompany a child.

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