Children with statements of SEN or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans may qualify for free home to school transport if:
- They are attending their nearest suitable school and it is beyond 2 miles if below the age of 8 or beyond 3 miles if aged between 8 and 16.
- The Child cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school because of their mobility problems or because of associated health and safety issues related to their Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
Children/young people with a statement of SEN or Education, Health and Care Plan do not have an automatic entitlement to free home to school transport, even if they attend a special school.
If you would like your child to attend a school that is not in their catchment area the LA could agree to name this school in your child’s statement/EHC Plan however this normally will be on the condition that you are responsible for transport costs.
If your child attends a residential school at some distance from your home the LA may provide transport or travel assistance to help maintain home/school contact.
For pupils who are eligible to free home to school transport the LA makes necessary travel arrangements. The transport can be provided in a number of different ways, including:
- A dedicated school bus
- A travel pass for use on public transport
- A Personal Travel Budget - More information can be found on the Personal Travel Budget Page