Home to school transport
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.
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 [PDF, 278Kb].
If your child is not entitled to free school transport you may be able to pay for a space for them to travel on the school bus.
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 [PDF, 141Kb].
Students over the age of 16 with disabilities, who attend a college or sixth form, may also be entitled to help with their transport costs.
We expect pupils travelling on school transport to behave well and treat the bus driver with respect. We have 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 [PDF, 150Kb].
Parents are responsible for the behaviour, health, safety and welfare of their children whilst they are waiting at the bus stop.
School transport has an agreed timetable. We give parents details of their child’s pick up and drop off times, the transport type and operator when it has been set up.
Normally the transport runs to time, but very occasionally it may be late, for example if the vehicle has broken down, in unusual traffic conditions or if the weather is exceptionally bad.
In most cases the transport will arrive in due course, but sometimes, for example in heavy snow, it may be impossible for the vehicle to get through.
Neither the schools nor the council set definitive rules for parents to follow as there are a number of things for parents to consider in the interest of their child’s safety. However, we offer the following guidance to help parents decide what action to take:
- Parents should decide how long it is reasonable for their child to wait for the transport before going home. For example, they might consider a 15 minute wait to be acceptable, depending on weather conditions, the child’s age and special or medical needs.
- As soon as they are safely home, parents should inform the school of their child’s absence and reason for it.
- If parents make their own arrangements to get their child to school in bad weather, they must make sure that they can also get them home again at the end of the day, as the normal school transport may not be running.
- If the child’s transport is a taxi or bespoke transport and parents have the contact numbers of the operator, inform them of the position in case they can make alternative arrangements to get them to school.
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’ and carers’ pack [PDF, 406Kb] to help parents understand the work we are doing to help their children become more independent.
- Home to school transport policy for pupils of statutory age [PDF, 278Kb]
- Home to school transport policy for pupils with special needs [PDF, 141Kb]
- Code of conduct for safe behaviour on school buses [PDF, 150Kb]
- Journey to school parent carer pack [PDF, 406Kb]
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm
Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm