Provision of Home to School Transport
A child will only be eligible for transport assistance in circumstances where he or she enrols at a grant-aided school which is beyond the qualifying distance from his/her home (two miles for primary pupils or three miles for post-primary pupils) and has been unsuccessful in gaining a place at all suitable schools within the qualifying distance from his/her home.
For the purposes of the transport arrangements, the term 'suitable school' is defined as being a grant-aided school in any of the following six categories:
- controlled or other voluntary;
- denominational grammar (post-primary) ; and
- non-denominational grammar (post primary).
For the purposes of eligibility for transport assistance, the grammar stream of a bi-lateral school shall be treated as a Grammar school and the secondary stream as a post-primary (Secondary) school.
The Department is undertaking a review of the current home to school transport policy and as a first step would be keen to hear what the public have to say about school transport. More information can be found at;
For more detailed information about school transport arrangements and how to make an application for school transport assistance see: