Northampton High is conveniently situated for families from across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and beyond.

We run a full transport programme for pupils to travel to and from school with routes stretching from Kettering, Wellingborough, Brackley, Buckingham, Towcester, Milton Keynes, Olney, Rushden, Wicken, Woburn Sands and Northampton serving over 170 bus stop locations. In addition to the regional services, we also offer local services from nearby areas such as East Hunsbury, Grange Park, and Collingtree Park, as we know that many parents like their children to experience the independence of travelling to school themselves. Our School Transport vehicles are used exclusively by our pupils and are a popular choice, ensuring children arrive at school safely and prepared for the day.

Bookings may be made in advance for regular fixed termly passes for all 10 journeys a week, or for specific regular journeys to fit around your specific family requirements. We also offer a flexible premium ticket for ad-hoc usage, and this can be booked online in advance of travel as and when required (should capacity allow).

All of our School Transport routes are operated by a team of dedicated drivers employed by the school, and we are proud to own our own fleet of mini-buses and MPVs. Each driver drives a specific route and is able to see a ‘live’ passenger list for each journey. Our online system also features a vehicle tracking facility for parents so you can see the location of the vehicle en-route, with an option to view confirmation that your child has boarded/alighted the vehicle safely.

As all our transport routes are operated by our dedicated in-house driver team, we can permit students from Reception and above to travel on the school transport service, however for students in Reception – Year 2, we would normally require prior approval from Northampton High School. This gives an opportunity to risk assess, arrange a trial run, and to make any arrangements as appropriate with the driver.

For our Junior School pupils, we expect that a responsible adult or older sibling is able to care for the child when boarding/departing at external bus stops. Junior School pupils are escorted into the school building by their driver each morning, and are collected in the afternoon from the Junior School so parents can be reassured there is a familiar face to greet them at the end of a busy day.

Senior School pupils assemble at the front of the school and are greeted by their dedicated driver who books them onto the system. This allows parents the reassurance to remotely confirm that their child has boarded the bus safely.

We operate a late service which runs Mondays – Thursdays at a later departure time of 17:15, providing a safe return journey for students wishing to make the most of our extensive after-school clubs and activities. This late service must be booked four days in advance, so that the routes and drivers can be arranged to meet the demand as required; all 170 locations on the main transport network are available on this service.

To book a place on our School Transport service for the current year, please visit Vectare by clicking here. To book a place for 2024-2025 please click here. For all queries (such as requests for additional pick-up points), Vectare can also be contacted via email at and by telephone at 0115 777 3035.


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