Home to School Transport
There are 4 categories of children of statutory school age eligible for home to school transport:
1. Children attending their nearest suitable school over the statutory walking distance
Transport or travel assistance will be provided free of charge for those pupils of primary and secondary age who are travelling over the statutory walking distance to/from the main entrance of their nearest suitable school. The statutory walking distances are:
• 2 miles for pupils aged up to 8 years
• 3 miles for pupils aged 8 and over
This minimum provision that Local Authorities must provide is set out in the Education Act 1996, in particular Sections 508 A-C.
2. Children whose walking route to school is unsafe
Transport will also be provided when a Local Authority has carried out an assessment of a child’s walking route to school and decides it would not be safe to walk to school along this road.
3. Children of families with extended rights
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 also extends Local Authority duties and powers by extending entitlement to those from low income families, this is called 'Extended Rights'. These rights extend free transport to those who are entitled to free school meals and those whose parents are in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit and include:
• Children aged between 8 and 11 where they live more than 2 miles from their nearest qualifying school;
• Children aged between 11 and 16 if they attend one of the three nearest qualifying schools, where the school attended is more than 2 miles but less than 6 miles from the home address.
• Children aged between 11 and 16 if they attend the nearest available school based on their religion or belief and the school attended is more than 2 miles but less than 15 miles from the home address.
4. Children attending their nearest suitable school and they cannot reasonably be expected to walk there because of their special educational needs, disability or mobility problems
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice for Children and Young People aged 0 to 25 provides further guidance on definitions of special educational needs and disability. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25.
In exceptional cases the Local Authority has the discretion to provide free home to college transport for young people aged 16-25 attending a Post 16 or Post 19 further education or training setting. http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/policies-strategies-and-reviews/policies/children-and-young-people/Pages/16@parentID09-transport-policy.aspx
How to apply
The quickest way to register is online; you can do this by clicking on the appropriate link below:
- For mainstream children falling into category 1, 2 or 3; online registration is currently available here.
- For children and young people with special educational needs, disability or mobility problems click below: