School Buses

Norfolk County Council Transport Department facilitates our School Bus service.

All applications are assessed against the criteria set in the County Council’s Home to School Transport Policy.

In accordance with Norfolk County Council’s General Transport Policy, students will be entitled to free school transport, if they:

  • Are of compulsory school age (5 to 16-years-old) on 1 September
  • Attend the nearest catchment school or the nearest appropriate school with a place as designated by Children’s Services
  • Live more than 3 miles walking distance from school when aged 8 or over

The County Council also provides transport for children who are unable to walk to school due to mobility problems or a severe medical condition, unless they live close enough to school to be able to make their own way, using a wheelchair or suitable alternative.

Year 6 Transfer to High School

Students coming through the Year 6 transfer to High School, if eligible, will automatically receive their bus pass and timetable direct from the transport department during the summer holidays.

In-Year Admissions

Any student joining Framingham Earl High School as an In-Year Admission must apply for a pass directly with Norfolk Transport Department.

For the most up-to-date information, Norfolk County Council have a comprehensive section on their website regarding Home to School transport.  In this section, you can check your eligibility for free transport, apply for a school pass and check the service bus timetables. Click here to access this information.

Alternatively you can contact them on 03448 008 020.


Frequently Asked Questions:


What do I do if my child loses or damages their bus pass?

Replacement bus passes can be obtained directly from Norfolk Transport Department. Temporary bus passes can be issued by the school subject to approval from Norfolk Transport Department.  A temporary bus pass is only valid for 2 weeks from the date of issue.

Where do the school buses pick up from?

There are pick- ups from the following areas: Alpington, Bergh Apton, Bramerton, Brooke, Hellington, Kirby Bedon, Kirstead, Rockland St Mary, Shotesham, Stoke Holy Cross, Surlingham, Trowse and Whitlingham.

For Bergh Apton and Alpington, depending on where you live, your child may have a very long walk to where the bus picks up. Some parents drive their children to bus pick up point.

For Whitlingham, students who live in Whitlingham Lane now get taxis, but those near the hospital walk to the main road to a bus pick up point.


Students cycling to school must use the appropriate cycle paths and be mindful of pedestrians.

Parents/carers must ensure that cycles are in good working order with the appropriate safety lights.  Students should wear helmets and Hi-Viz clothing.

Drop-off by car

To ensure the safety of our students and to allow easy access for the school buses, cars are not allowed on the school site (including the bus layby outside the school) between the following times 7.45am to 8.15am and 2.45pm to 3.15pm.

Parents/carers should find a suitable safe drop off/pick up point nearby.  Please do not block our neighbours’ driveways

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