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 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 transport 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 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). Please see here.
If your child is not entitled to transport under the above policies he/she 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. For further information regarding the Fare Paying Passenger Scheme please see here.
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 FE (Post 16) transport policy document here.
How can I request support?
To apply for transport assistance please contact the SEND Travel Team on 01225 394456 or 01225 395263 or email enquiries to SENDSchool_TravelTeam@BATHNES.GOV.UK
If you wish to apply for a Fare Paying Passenger place please use this document.
If you wish to apply under Low Income families please use this document.
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