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Special Education Needs

Home to school transport

As a parent, you're responsible for getting your child to school and back. However, in some cases, we can provide support for your child's travel between home and school.


Your child may qualify for free home to school transport if they:

  • live too far away from their nearest eligible school to walk (pupils of primary age who live more than 2 miles from their nearest eligible school, or pupils of secondary age who live more than 3 miles from their nearest eligible school)
  • can't walk to school because there is no suitable safe walking route
  • can't walk to school because of a special need, disability, or mobility problem
  • are from a low income family (where the pupil is entitled to Free School Meals or parent/s receive the maximum level of Working Tax Credit), where a preference has been expressed to attend a school other than the nearest available school, and that school is over 2 miles away, and is one of the 3 closest schools

Support provided

If your application for travel assistance is approved, we'll tell you what type of assistance your child will get. This can vary, and may include a bus pass for a dedicated school bus or money paid every term to cover the cost of getting public transport.

For some pupils attending special schools or support bases within mainstream schools, the council will contract taxi operators or minibus suppliers to provide the home to school transport.

How to apply

If you think your child may qualify for transport assistance, please complete the 'EIA application form 2019-2020' and return it to

Please make sure you use the right application form for your child's year group in academic year 2019-2020.

An application may take up to 8 weeks to be processed, from the date we decide it is complete. To be complete, an application must include all required evidence of eligibility.

Eligibility for home to school transport assistance is assessed annually, so you'll need to submit an application form for assessment every academic year.

If you have any questions about assistance with home to school transport, please phone 01642 353447.

If your application doesn't include the necessary evidence it will be returned to you as we will be unable to assess your eligibility. This may delay any transport assistance offered once we've confirmed your eligibility.

From 1 January 2020, the law relating to school buses is changing. The Public Service Vehicle Access Regulations 2000 relates to buses and coaches which take fee paying passengers. More information about the regulations can be found on GOV.UK.


Transport Manager
Integrated Transport Unit
Phone: 01642 353447
Transport Manager
Integrated Transport Unit
Ground Floor
Resolution House
Cargo Fleet Lane

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm