Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your child may be able to get free transport to school if:
• They are not in walking distance from their nearest suitable or linked school
• You are on low income
• Your child has a Special Educational Need or a disability
Where a pupil has a permanent or temporary disability so that they cannot walk even short distances to school, the council will make suitable travel arrangements for the duration of that disability.
Travel arrangements will be agreed for pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan where:
• the pupil lives further than the statutory distance between home and school
• The local authority has determined the name of the school and type of provision and this meets the criteria for distances above
• A pupil has an EHC plan for a severe medical or physical condition and there is detailed written advice from appropriate medical personnel.
Travel arrangements will not be allocated where:
• the pupil is not attending their local mainstream school, or the nearest suitable special provision, and the school is one of parental preferenceYou have moved house
Parents or carers of children who move house during their schooling to an area where another school is the nearest suitable or linked school may either:
• apply to move their child to the nearest suitable or linked school for their new address and if successful the policy stated above will apply
• retain the child's place at their current school but they will become responsible for the child's transport provision and costs
If your child has an EHC plan and you have moved address please inform the EHC team: change of address form
This may affect your transport arrangements and it will need to be reviewed as soon as possible. You will also need to let your son or daughter’s school know your new address.
If there are no places available at schools nearer to the new home address than the current school, then the council will continue to provide travel to the current school.
Some help may be available in other exceptional circumstances, where, for example, the pupil concerned would otherwise be at risk of harm. Each case will be considered on its own merits.
To apply for school transport please complete an application form.Post 16 TransportYou may qualify for subsidised home to school transport if you are:
• aged 16 to 18
• in full time-education (12 hours or more a week)
• living more than 3 miles away from your school or further education establishment
From 1st May 2018 students applying for year 12 and year 13 places can apply : on line application form How much does it cost?
All students who are entitled to home to school transport will need to contribute £600 a year towards the costs of their transport.
Charges apply to all students whether they are attending mainstream, special or specialist post-16 education provisions, independent schools or further education colleges and other suitable training establishments.
The only exceptions are:
• You are on a low income
For 16-18 year olds whose parents meet the criteria listed on the schools transport page the cost will be £300 a year.
• You are on a low income and your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND)
Where parents or carers of a 16 to 18 year old student qualify on the grounds of low income (as listed above) and the young person has an education, health and care (EHC) plan which necessitates transport assistance, and they are attending their nearest suitable further education setting which is named in the EHC plan and lives within the administrative boundary of Northamptonshire and more than 3 miles from their nearest suitable educational establishment the cost will be free of charge.
In the first instance, School Transport will explore whether a parent or carer will provide transport and be remunerated for their fuel costs, if the student is eligible.Young adult learners (aged 19 to 25) subject to an education, health and care plan
Free transport will be provided to a young adult learner (not being a person of sixth form age) where the local authority has secured the provision of education or training and the provision of boarding accommodation for an adult learner aged under 25 and they are subject to an EHC plan and it is considered necessary to facilitate that person’s attendance at the place of education or training.
Please note that this policy only relates to young adults who are in education or training AND who have an education, health and care plan.
Information about transport provision for other young adults can be obtained from the Adult Social Services website.
The participation in education and training by those over compulsory school age (but under 19 and those aged 19 – 25 with an EHC plan) is encouraged, but young adult learners should expect to meet the cost of travel between home and the provider at which they are receiving education or training (except in the circumstances as above).
To apply for school transport please complete an application form.Appeals
If an application for free transport and assistance is declined, you can Appeal
A decision may be challenged on the following grounds:
• Distance measurement
• Safety of the route
• Transport arrangements offered
There is no right to challenge a decision where the entitlement to transport assistance has been removed on the grounds of unacceptable behaviour.