Shropshire Council


The Post-16 policy is updated annually and the associated charges may increase. Applications for the forthcoming academic year should be submitted from 1 June. If you apply before this date for transport to start in September, please be aware that the guidance notes and charges will refer to the current academic year and may be subject to change.

Please make sure you read the information below and guidance notes attached to this page before you complete an application.

If you live in a neighbouring authority, such as Telford and Wrekin, you will need to apply to your home authority, even if the student will be attending a college in Shropshire. Applications should be made to the authority to whom you pay your Council Tax. 

Applicants with an education, health and care plan need to apply to our SEN team.

Assistance via this scheme may not be the most cost effective option, and in some cases parents/students may get better value by purchasing season tickets directly from their local transport operator, rather than contributing via the post-16 scheme. Therefore, before applying you're advised to check the most cost effective method of purchasing season tickets by directly contacting your local operator. Alternatively you can contact Traveline

Although your child may have previously received free school transport whilst attending secondary school, it's important to explain that this ends once a pupil finishes year 11. For post-16 students who wish to continue in further education at a college/school sixth form, we offer transport assistance via our post-16 scheme for those students who qualify.

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The authority also advise liaising with the college/sixth form that the student will be attending, as many offer assistance with transport and some have their own private transport (on which it is possible to purchase a seat directly).

If you don't wish to apply online, you can download the paper version of the application form. You'll need to read the guidance notes before completing the application form, whether online or the paper version.

If you have a general enquiry about post-16 transport from September 2023, please contact customer services on 0345 6789008. For more information, take a look at our transport policy statement.