Transport for children of statutory school age
If your child is between four and 16-years-old, they may be entitled to free home to school transport, particularly if they attend their local or catchment school. If your child is not entitled to free school transport you may be able to purchase a seat for them to travel on the school bus.
You can find out more about the home to school transport policy, and how to apply, by reading the home to school transport policy for pupils of statutory school age.
If your child has a statement of special education needs, and is not able to walk to school or to travel on the school bus, they may be entitled to free school transport even though you live within walking distance or your child is not attending their local school. The policy is set out in the home to school transport policy for pupils with special educational needs.
We expect pupils travelling on school transport to behave well and treat the bus driver with respect. We have drawn up a code of conduct setting out the standard of behaviour we expect, the support we look for from parents and the action that may be taken if children behave badly. You can read this in the code of conduct for safe behaviour on school buses.
Parents are responsible for the behaviour, health, safety and welfare of their children whilst they are waiting at the bus stop. When the transport is late or doesn’t arrive at all, parents must decide what to do and the advice to give to their child. Parents' responsibilities are clarified in the guidance for parents when school transport fails to arrive.
Sustainable travel to school
We want to help children and young people in North Lincolnshire travel to school and college in ways that are sustainable and good for their health, personal development and independence.
This includes encouraging them to walk, cycle, travel by bus or share a car with others rather than travelling as a single passenger in their parent's car. We are working in partnership with schools, colleges, the police and parents to achieve this. We have published a strategy, and a summary to set out what we have achieved so far, and work we still have to do. You can read more in the sustainable travel to school strategy.
We want pupils to be as independent as possible when making their journey to school. This includes children with learning difficulties and disabilities. We work with schools, including St Hugh's Communication and Interaction Specialist College, to support independent travel training to give young people the skills they need to make the journey from home to school safely. We have produced a parents pack to help parents understand the work we are doing and help their child become more independent.
Parents and carers pack
Post 16 student transport
This policy is revised and reissued each academic year. You can find our more or apply by visiting the Post 16 student transport pages in our students section.
Downloadable versions of policies
For information on student transport eligibility and policy, contact Lynne Downs on 01724 297218 or by email: email@example.com.