Young Persons’ (under 22s) Free Bus Travel

Information for pupils, parents /carers from Education Support Services

Young Persons’ (under 22s) Free Bus Travel

All young people and children aged 5-21 years can apply for a card from 10 January to access the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel Scheme from 31 January.

You will need a new National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC card with the valid free travel entitlement with you whenever you want to take the bus – otherwise you’ll have to pay for your trip.


If you live in Scotland and are 5-21 years old, you are eligible for a card giving you free bus travel from 31 January. Children under 5 years old already travel for free on buses and don’t need a card. Applications for cards open from 10 January. However, you are being asked only to apply at this point if you need to make essential journeys by bus.

Children and young people aged 5−21 years old will need a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC) before hopping on board. Previously issued cards will not allow access to the scheme.

The Transport Scotland website provides all the information needed to apply.

Key Messages

  • Applications for the scheme opened on 10 January. However, please only apply if you do need to make essential journeys by bus from 31 January.
  • All other eligible applicants will be encouraged to apply at a later date when the situation with the pandemic has improved.
  • Even if you already have a National Entitlement Card or Young Scot National Entitlement Card, you must apply for a new or replacement card to be able to travel by bus for free.
  • Information on how to apply can be found on the Transport Scotland website
  • If you do have to make an essential journey by bus, you must follow the latest Scottish Government COVID19 guidance at all times

Christmas Presents


It’s almost the time that everyone is beginning to think of present buying and Christmas events.  One of our main drivers under the Equity Umbrella is the Cost of the School Day.  To help support everyone at what can be a financially challenging time we kindly ask all parents and carers to refrain from purchasing Christmas presents for Staff and Colleagues working at Victoria Park School.  However, if you would like to share some festive cheer a card or picture made by your child would be lovely.

Colleagues at Victoria Park School

School Open Tomorrow Tuesday 2nd November

I am delighted to say that school will be open tomorrow as normal. I am reliably informed by visiting engineers that the issues that we faced today with our water supply have now been remedied.

I look forward to seeing children and staff in the morning. Thank you for all your patience and support throughout today.

Kind regards

Liz Coomber

Winter Clothing Campaign

This image shows a selection of coats and jackets

South Lanarkshire Council are running the Winter Clothing Campaign again this year.  If you would like to request a Winter coat or jacket for your child please contact the school office.  Please leave a message as soon as possible for Alexandra Dickie so that you don’t miss this great opportunity.  The campaign operates on on a first come first served basis.

Administration of Medicines in Schools

Please take some time to read these South Lanarkshire guidelines on Administration of Medicine in Schools. They provide lots of advice, guidance and procedure for school staff in safely administering prescribed medication.  We have issued a letter to parents today by way of a gentle reminder of parents/carers and school responsibilities in this area. We felt by having access to these guidelines parents may have a clearer understanding of school protocols which are are firmly linked to this guidance.