Welcome to the Home to School Transport section of our local offer. Here you will find information regarding travel assistance available for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who have an Education, Health and Support plan (EHCP) and are attending their nearest appropriate special school.
What assistance with Transport is available?
We offer assistance with Home to School transport for children and young people who have an EHCP plan in place and attend their nearest appropriate special school as designated by the Local Authority (LA), and meet the qualifying criteria.
In exceptional circumstances we may provide assistance with transport on medical grounds.
Our aim is to offer a greater choice and control over the way in which children/young people travel to and from school. This could be in the form of a bus pass for use on public transport, a place on shared transport or, if this option is not appropriate, a personal travel budget. Travel training is offered to young people where appropriate to encourage independence and valuable life skills.
Who is eligible?
To qualify for assistance with Home to School transport a young person must attend their nearest appropriate special school as designated by the LA and the distance between home and that school, when measured by the nearest available walking route, is two miles or more for children aged five to eight years and three miles or more for children aged eight years and above. More information can be found in the SEN 5-16 travel policy document:
There is additional entitlement for assistance with Home to School transport for Low Income Families:
- Transport will be provided for children over age eight, but under 11 years of age, who live more than two miles from the nearest school and are in receipt of or entitled to free school meals or their maximum level of working tax credit (with no reduction due to income).
- For children of secondary age between 11 and 16 who live between more than two and six miles from one of their closest 3 schools and are in receipt of or entitled to free school meals or their maximum level of working tax credit (with no reduction due to income).
If your child is not entitled to transport under the above policies they may be able to take up a spare seat on a hired vehicle only (this does not include public bus services), if one is available.
We offer assistance with Further Education Transport in the form of a bus pass for public transport or shared transport provided by us, where there is no option of shared transport a personal travel budget would be paid to parents/carers or the young person directly at the start of each term. For further information please contact us on the below details. More information can be found in the Post 16 travel policy document:
How can I request support?
To apply for transport assistance please contact the SEND Travel Team:
If you require any assistance with eligibility/entitlement please contact the SEND Travel Team on 01225 394456 or 01225 395263 or email enquires to SENDSchool_TravelTeam@BATHNES.GOV.UK