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School Transport Services

North Yorkshire


North Yorkshire Council provides free school transport to The Skipton Academy if we are your nearest school* and the walking distance is over 3 miles (or 2 miles if your child is entitled to free school meals).

You do not need to apply for free home to school transport if your child is starting at The Skipton Academy and you have applied for a place through North Yorkshire Council. They will automatically assess your child's eligibility and will send you a pass if you are eligible. School buses currently serve the following communities Carleton, Gargrave, Airton, West & East Marton, Bradley, Eastby, Embsay, Coniston Cold, Bell Busk and Broughton. Further information about the school transport services can be found on the North Yorkshire Council website School transport for reception to year 11 children | North Yorkshire Council Buses serving The Skipton Academy can be found through the following link Bus timetable information | North Yorkshire Council ( This link displays both dedicated school services and public bus services.

There may be some availability to purchase a seat on the school buses for pupils who are not entitled to a free pass. However, this availability will be limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis under the paid travel permit terms and conditions; please contact North Yorkshire County Council directly late March prior to starting at the academy to apply for a seat.

*the nearest suitable school for transport purposes includes schools in neighbouring authorities. If you live near the boundary you might find that the nearest school is outside of North Yorkshire.


Paid for dedicated school buses also serve The Skipton Academy from outside of North Yorkshire. The V43 operated by The Keighley Bus Company (Transdev) travels through Kelbrook, Earby and Thornton-In-Craven. They also operate the V44 which has stops in Salterforth and Barnoldswick. A form to apply for a place on these services can be found on the Trandev website School Bus Bookings - Transdev (


Public Transport Buses

Public buses at the start and end of the school day stop on Gargrave Road by the academy. The Burnley Bus Company (Transdev) operates the M6 service (to/from Burnley via Barnoldswick) which has services that arrive at Gargrave Road by the academy at 08:17 and 08:30; the return service departs at from Gargrave Road at 15:52 or seven minutes earlier from the bus station. Stagecoach operates the 280 service (to/from Clitheroe via Earby) which has a service that arrives at the same stop at 08:40; the return service departs from outside the rail station at 16:11.


Skipton Train Station is a 10-minute walk across Aireville Park. There are regular trains to and from Keighley/Bradford/Leeds. Morning services arrive at Skipton at 08:08, 08:20 and 08:24. Return services leave at 15:30, 15:35, 15:47 and 16:00.

[All times correct as of September 2023]

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