Apply for free school bus pass


Please note, since 2013 Knowsley has not provided a school uniform grant. If you are in need of support please contact your child's school or visit our Benefits and Grants pages.

Depending on your circumstances, you can get help meeting the cost of your child travelling to school. 

Your child may be entitled to a free school bus pass if they live in Knowsley and:

  • Attend their nearest school and the statutory walking distance from the home address to the school is two miles for children aged under eight, and three miles for children aged eight and over.
  • You receive a low income and your child is entitled to free school meals or the family are in receipt of the maximum level of working tax credits and the child’s secondary school is more than two miles from home but less than six miles from one of the three nearest qualifying community schools or the child’s secondary school is more than two miles from home but less than 15 miles if attending on religious or belief grounds.
  • Children between the ages of eight to 11 from low income families are entitled to free transport where they live more than two miles from their nearest primary school.
  • The route your child walks to the nearest Knowsley School is unsafe.

If your child has special educational needs, a disability or mobility problem you can apply for transport support here.  

If you require further information on our service please check the Knowsley Local Offer (SEND) | Knowsley Family Information Service (

How to apply

Bus pass applications for the academic school year 2023 – 2024 to start in September 2024 cannot be applied for until after 4 August 2023. Any applications made before this time will be automatically refused. Applications for the current school year will be suspended from 1 July 2023.

To apply for a new bus pass please follow the link below and complete the application process. This applies to all children who have previously qualified for a pass or if you would like to check if your child is eligible.


Start your application



Replacing a lost or damaged bus pass

If your pass is lost or damaged, you can apply for a replacement. Replacements cost £10.


Apply for a replacement bus pass


If your application is refused, you can appeal against the decisionto the council’s Appeals Committee. To appeal you must be able to demonstrate that there are exceptional circumstances that should be taken into consideration. 

You will be offered the right to appeal as part of the application process. Alternatively you can write to the address below for an appeal to be considered by the Appeals Committee. You must also provide documentary evidence from other agencies to support your claim. For example, a letter from your Social Worker, General Practitioner, Police, Housing Department or Head teacher.

Send to:
Customer Liaison Officer,
Knowsley Council,
Huyton Municipal Building, 5th Floor,
Archway Road,
L36 9YU

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