Under-16 school travel assistance

Our Home to School Transport Policy applies to all pupils in Nottinghamshire from 1 September 2016.

Apply for under-16 school travel assistance

Applications are assessed by officers of the Council’s Transport and Travel Services Group. Full conditions of the scheme and details of how to apply are included in the under 16 travel scheme booklet. Please ensure you have read these documents before completing an application form:

You can submit an application in two ways:

Under-16 travel assistance scheme

The table below summarises the travel assistance that is available for children attending their catchment school (or preferred school if closer). Please see the policy for the full information.

Age on
1 September 2016
Walking Distance Between Home and SchoolType of Assistance
4 - 7* Over 2 Miles Free Travel until the end of educational year in which 8th birthday falls (end of year 3)
  2 Miles or Under Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services
8 - 11 Over 3 Miles Free Travel until end of educational year in which 11th birthday falls (end of year 6)
  3 Miles or Under Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services until the end of educational year in which 11th birthday falls (end of year 6)
  2 - 3 Miles
(Low Income Families)
Free Travel is available for pupils under 11 years of age who are eligible for free school meals, or whose parents are in receipt of maximum level working tax credit, if over 2 miles from school, for the duration of the educational year in which the award is made. This award is reviewed at the end of each educational year, in August.
Over 11 Over 3 Miles Free Travel until end of educational year in which 16th birthday falls (end of year 11)
  3 Miles or Under Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services until the end of educational year in which 16th birthdays falls (end of year 11)
              2 - 6 Miles
(Low Income Families)
Free Travel is available for pupils attending one of the nearest 3 schools between 2 and 6 miles when eligible for free school meals, or whose parents are in receipt of maximum level working tax credit, for the duration of the educational year in which the award is made. This award is reviewed at the end of each educational year, in August.

*Travel assistance is given from the start of the academic year in which the 5th birthday falls

Denominational schools transport

The rules covering home to school transport for children attending a denominational school (faith school) are slightly different.

The table below summarises the travel assistance that is available for children attending their nearest suitable school preferred on the grounds of religion or belief.  Please see the Home to School Transport Policy for full information.

AgeIncome levelType of Assistance
5 -11 Low income  Free travel to school between 2-20 miles from home
5-11 N/A Subsidised travel to school between 2-20 miles from home
11-16 Low income Free travel to school between 2-25 miles from home
11-16 N/A Subsidised travel to school between 2-25 miles from home

 

The scheme will be provided for the purposes of home to school travel on school days only and not outside of standard school hours (local bus service timetables may apply).

The scheme will only provide free travel on existing school and local bus services. If your child has special educational needs or disabilities, transport will be provided using existing school and local bus services or special transport services, subject to assessment of compatibility

Discretionary under-16 travel scheme

A discretionary travel scheme for secondary age pupils attending a preferred school was in operation from September 2011 until August 2014. The roll-out of the scheme has now ceased. Qualifying children and young people currently within the scheme will continue to benefit from free travel until they reach the end of year 11.

The statutory entitlements of children and young people will continue to be protected through the Home to School Transport Policy.

Criteria

To qualify for free travel under the current scheme your child will need to meet the following criteria:

  • be attending secondary school in years 10 and 11 in academic year 2016/17 and resident in the county i.e. the scheme will not extend to children resident in other local authority areas attending Nottinghamshire schools
  • be attending a local authority maintained secondary, academy or special school in Nottinghamshire. The scheme will not extend to children resident in Nottinghamshire attending schools in other local authority areas except those children who on faith grounds attend linked Catholic secondary schools for named Catholic primary schools in Nottinghamshire i.e. The McCauley Catholic High School and the St John Houghton Catholic (Voluntary Aided) Comprehensive Schools
  • live beyond the 3 miles statutory walking distance from their preferred school and not be eligible for statutory free school travel
  • live within a maximum journey distance of 25 miles or 75 minutes travel time from their school, calculated by Nottinghamshire Transport and Travel Services using public transport journey times

If your child is in receipt of free travel under the scheme they will remain eligible for assistance until they leave education at the end of year 11 (aged 16 years) or until they change address or change school. 

Please be aware that Nottinghamshire County Council is under no obligation under this scheme to ensure that non-statutory bus services currently in operation (i.e. existing school bus services, local bus services or special transport services) will continue to be available in the future. Commercial bus operators are not required to continue or increase services to accommodate additional non-statutory usage and these operators will continue to run services within their commercial constraints. New routes/new provision will not be established under the scheme.

Change in circumstance

Any change in circumstances (e.g. moving home address, changing school etc) must be notified to Nottinghamshire Transport and Travel Services immediately in order for entitlement and provision to be reassessed. Previous entitlement does not guarantee that free travel will be provided in the future.

A new application for travel assistance may be required and would be considered in accordance with the home to school transport policy and discretionary scheme in place at the time.

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