The Local Offer aims to provide guidance for parents about school transport for students with an EHC plan. The statutory process of 'home to school' transport lies with the Travel Team and detailed advice should be taken from them and their webpages.
Travel arrangements will be agreed for pupils with a newly issued education, health and care (EHC) plan via the Travel Co-ordination Unit. Parents should expect a phone call from the Unit's team to discuss their son or daughters needs and preferred methods of travelling to school.
Students with existing arrangements do not need to reapply unless there is a change in circumstances.
Parents can use the online application on the unit's website when they believe that there is an entitlement for travel assistance.
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 preference.
- It will be assumed parents are making their own arrangements if they do not apply for travel assistance.
Change of Circumstances
Parents or carers of children who move house to an area where another school is the nearest suitable school may either:
- apply to move their child to the nearest suitable school for their new address (please contact the EHC team to consult for a school place)
- retain the child's place at their current school and become responsible for the child's transport provision and costs
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.
Year 7 Applications - Important Deadline:
Year 7 - Applications for travel assistance for the next academic year starting in September 2020.
If your son or daughter will be transferring to secondary school in September 2020, and you think you may be eligible for travel assistance you will need to apply online before 31st May 2020 to allow time for consideration and planning.
Any current travel arrangements for students transitioning from primary school to secondary school (academic year 6 to year 7) but remaining at the same school, will not automatically be renewed. In this situation, a new application form must be submitted to the TCU for consideration.
A 'Pick-up Point', (PuP) is a single point of collection or set down for pupils travelling to and from school and are generally within ½ mile of the home. A responsible adult (if necessary) will be expected to accompany the student to and from the bus stop/pick up point. Parents will be asked to provide consent for the student to travel alone. Students will not be dropped off without someone to meet them without this consent. Please send any questions regarding 'Pick-up Point's to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 1st May each year, all students applying for year 12 and year 13 places need to apply each year using the online application form.
You may qualify for 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
All students who are entitled to home to school transport will need to contribute £600 a year towards the costs of their transport. (as of 2018/2019 policy). 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 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.
Transport applications must reach the Local Authority before the third Friday in May. Any applications after that are not guaranteed and may not be processed until the October half-term. You will be responsible for transporting your child until you receive confirmation from the Local Authority.
Young Adult Learners (Aged 19–25) Who Are Subject to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan
This policy only relates to young adults who are in education or training AND who have 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.
Information about transport provision for other young adults can be obtained from the Adult Social Services website.
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.
School Transport 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