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School Travel Assistance
There is some support for pupils under 16 to get to school where they are attending their catchment or local authority designated school.
Support is also available for some pupils over the age of 16.
For pupils with special transport needs, assistance is available for travel to the catchment or designated school where a special transport need has been determined.
Under 16 Statutory Home to School Travel Provision
Our Home to School Transport Policy September 2015 [PDF] applies to all pupils in Nottinghamshire from 1 September 2015.
The table below summarises the travel assistance available for children attending their catchment (or preferred school if closer), please see the policy for the full information.
| Age on 1 September 2015 || Walking Distance Between Home and School || Type of Assistance |
| Age 4 - 7 |
Travel assistance is given from the start of the academic year in which the 5th birthday falls
|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 |
| Age 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) |
Under 16 Travel Assistance Scheme
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. |
Home to Denominational School Transport
The rules covering home to school transport for denominational schools (faith schools) are slightly different.
Any pupils starting or changing denominational school from 1 September 2015 onwards will be covered by the Home to School Transport Policy September 2015 [PDF].
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 policy for the full information.
| Age range || Income level || Type of Assistance |
|Age 5 -11 ||Low income |
| Free travel to school between 2-20 miles from home |
|Age 5-11 ||N/A || Subsidised travel to school between 2-20 miles from home |
|Age 11-16 ||Low income |
| Free travel to school between 2-25 miles from home |
| Age 11-16 ||N/A || Subsidised travel to school between 2-25 miles from home |
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Discretionary Under-16 Travel Provision
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.
To qualify for free travel under the current scheme your child will need to meet the following criteria:
- be attending secondary school in years 9, 10 and 11 in academic year 2015/16 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
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
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. If your child's individual circumstances change while still of statutory school age in secondary education, a new application for travel assistance would be required and will be considered in accordance with the home to school transport policy and discretionary scheme in place at the time.
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.
Any change in circumstances i.e.: 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.
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Apply for under 16 school travel assistance
Once you've read the above notes and guidance in the Under 16 School Travel scheme booklet [PDF] you can submit an application in two ways:
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Special Transport Needs
Special transport needs aren't necessarily the same as special educational needs. Not all children with special educational needs have special transport needs.
A special transport need would be where your child:
- Lives within walking distance of the school but cannot walk/travel safely to school even if accompanied by a parent/carer
- Is unable to use public transport when accompanied by a parent/carer
If your child has a special transport need, we'll provide free transport or a paid mileage allowance to get your child to the catchment area or local authority designated school. We don't usually give help for your child to travel to other schools.
Special transport arrangements are usually by bus, minibus, taxi or ambulance. We may arrange an escort, if this is assessed to be appropriate.
The Home to School Transport Policy September 2015 [PDF] gives full information regarding the eligibility criteria and entitlements for Special Transport.
If you think your child has a special transport need, please contact Children, Families and Cultural Services at County Hall tel: 0115 977 3779.
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School Travel Review
Should you be unsuccessful in being awarded travel assistance and disagree with the assessment made, you can go through the Travel Review Process.