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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 school to walk (pupils of primary age who live more 2 miles from their nearest school, or pupils of secondary age who live more 3 miles from their nearest school)
  • can't walk to school because there is no suitable 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

Pupils who attend a school that has its own dedicated transport will be bought a pass by the council to travel on the dedicated transport. All other pupils will be supplied with funding which can be used to purchase tickets for Public Service Vehicles which service the school. Weekly passes are available on both Stagecoach and Arriva buses.

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.

Children who will be Year 7 in academic year 2019-2020 must have their application completed and returned no later than Friday 10 May 2019. 

Children who will be in years 8 to 11 in academic year 2019-2020 must have their application completed and returned no later than Friday 12 July 2019.

You must attach all required evidence of eligibility with your application.

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.


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