If your child meets the distance criteria to entitle them to free school travel there will be no need to assess them for entitlement on grounds of special educational needs and/or disability.

If you live closer than the statutory walking distance, an assessment will be made and free transport will be provided if your child is unable to walk to school because of their mobility problems or associated health and safety issues related to their special educational needs or disability.

If your child is able to walk to school but needs to be accompanied to do so, you will normally be expected to accompany them.

All requests for transport on grounds of special educational needs and/or disability will be assessed on their individual merits. Free transport will only be provided to the nearest suitable school.

Where transport is provided, the mode of travel will be decided by us based on the evidence that you provide. Normally assistance will be in the form of a bus pass, if appropriate. However, specialist transport is available where needed, including wheelchair accessible vehicles and escorts to accompany pupils who need supervision or assistance on their journey.

Awards for transport on grounds of special educational needs or disability will be reviewed annually.

Applications

You can apply for transport assistance for you child by completing an application form and sending it us. Awards for transport on grounds of special educational needs or disability will be reviewed annually.

Applications are normally processed within 10 working days of receiving your application. Parents will need to pay their own transport costs until the application can be processed.

Failure to include the required evidence will delay processing of your application.