School transport

also known as: Home to School Transport, Post 16 Transport, School Bus.

Advice for entitlement to Home to School Transport

Post 16 transport

The Post 16 Transport Policy has changed for students entering Post-16 Education from September 2014.

Parents, please see this important additional information:

Please have a look at the 2014/15 Post 16 Transport Policy for information about eligibilty criteria, the application process, student support and useful contacts.

Please note: students who currently receive free Post 16 Transport will continue to be assessed against the 2013/14 eligibilty criteria, but still need to submit another application for transport for the 2014/15 academic year.

Apply for post 16 transport

Make sure you have read and understood the Post 16 Transport Policy, then apply in one of the following ways:

1. Apply online

Complete the application form below that applies to you:

5 Students entering post-16 education in September 2014 apply here

5 Students already in receipt of Post-16 transport apply here

2. Request an application pack by emailing Post16Transport@northumberland.gov.uk or you can contact us here.

3. Contact your High/Secondary School or write to Post 16, Transport Network Team, School Transport Team, Local Services Directorate, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF

 

Additional information:

Home to school transport

Northumberland County Council serves a wide geographical area, incorporating diverse rural and urban communities. Many pupils live at a distance from their school. The County Council has a duty to provide free home to school transport for children of statutory school age when:

  • Pupils up to 8 years of age live more than two miles away from their designated catchment area school by the nearest available route;
  • Pupils over 8 years of age live more than three miles away from their designated catchment area school by the nearest available route.

Pre 16 transport (mainstream)

To apply online for Mainstream Home to School Transport please click on the link below

5 Apply online for mainstream transport(under 16) here

Or you can contact us here.

Please be aware that applications will be processed in 10 working days.

To apply online for Mainstream Home to School Transport please click on the link below

5 Apply online for mainstream transport (under 16) here

Or you can contact us here.

Children with disabilities and/or special educational needs have the same entitlement as any other pupil within the education system. The County Council may also provide free home to school transport as an adjustment to a disability in cases where the child lives within the statutory walking distance of the school. For further information please refer to the Home to School Transport Policy for Disabled Children and Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Where spare seats are available on vehicles contracted by the County Council, children not entitled to free home to school transport may be allowed to travel on a fare paying basis. Please contact us for more information.

If you have special needs, you may be eligible for free transport up to the age of 25. You will normally be given help to develop your independent travel skills and will be expected to obtain and use your concessionary pass.

A student with special educational needs can be provided if they have a transport requirement specified in the statement of special educational needs and is supported by a referral from their Personal Advisor.

Special Education Needs transport

The LEA provides a home to school transport service for pupils:

  • With special educational needs up to the age of 19
  • With medical needs up to the age of 19
  • Who are excluded from school
  • Who have a diagnosed phobia of school
  • Who are pregnant or schoolgirl mothers

The transport is provided in a number of ways:

  • Free travel permits for public transport -Specialist mini-bus, e.g. tail-lift vehicle
  • Mini-bus from home to school -Wheelchair accessible taxi -Taxi/people carrier

Entitlement to transport for children is based on an assessment of individual need. The Local Education Authority has produced a standard form for completion as part of the assessment process, which will be completed by the professionals in discussion with parents and carers. The information provided allows the transport staff to make an informed decision on the type of vehicle that will be provided, the correct restraint and clamping systems that will be used and the level of supervision/care.

If it is decided that the child's special needs do not require special transport arrangements then the general home to school distance policy will apply.

Transport arrangements will be regularly kept under review. The annual review required for those children with a statement of special educational needs provides a formal opportunity to review any transport arrangements.

If parents choose to send their child to a school that the Local Education Authority does not consider to be the nearest suitable school, there is no duty to provide free transport. In such circumstances parents will be required to make their own transport arrangements or pay to access services.

The LEA does, however, retain its discretion to provide free transport or to make a contribution to parents towards the cost.

School Transport Consultations

Consultation on the harmonisation of school transport eligibility criteria for children aged 8 to 11

The Council is consulting on a range of options regarding changes intended to remove an inconsistency between "two-tier" and "three-tier" schools in the way eligibility for free school transport is determined. These changes would take effect for some students from September 2014.

The consultation document sets out the reasons and background for the consultation and seeks your views on a range of possible options.

A link is provided in the consultation document to a consultation questionnaire for you to complete, or you can complete it below:

The consultation has now closed and a further update regarding the outcome of the consultation will be provided by the end of July.

Consultation on transport to schools chosen for reasons of religion or belief

The Council is consulting on a range of options regarding changes to the policy on transport to schools that have been chosen for reasons of religion or belief. These changes would take effect for some students from September 2014.

The Consultation Document sets out the reasons and background for the consultation and seeks your views on a range of possible options.

A link is provided in the consultation document to a consultation questionnaire for you to complete, or you can complete it below:

The consultation has now closed and a further update regarding the outcome of the consultation will be provided by the end of July.

Post-16 Transport Consultation 24 February - 19 May 2014

This consultation is now closed. To view the responses to the consultation, please click here.

Information for parents during periods of severe weather

During periods of severe weather there may be School closures or disruption to your child's Home to School Transport.

In these circumstances do you know what to do?

Here are some tips:

Details of school closures are also given on:

  • Metro Radio
  • BBC Tyne
  • Real Radio North East
  • Capital FM
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Northumberland iPhone app

In extreme cases a school may have to close during the day due to the severe weather and your child will be sent home early.

You could:

  • Make arrangements with a relative or close friend to care for your child until you are able to get home.
  • Inform the school and transport provider of these arrangements as it may be necessary for your child to seek alternative transportation from school
  • Make sure the School and Transport provider have an "In Case of Emergency" contact telephone number

Above all, make sure your child is aware of the arrangements

Dress code

It is important that you make sure your child is warmly dressed just in case the School Transport is running late or the journey is very slow.

Waiting time

In periods of severe weather a child should wait 30 minutes after their normal pick up time for school transport, after 30 minutes it is advisable for the child to return home.

Communication

It is important that the school is informed that your child has returned home after waiting 30 minutes for the transport to arrive. Make sure you have your transport providers contact details and they have I.C.E (In Case of Emergency) contact numbers for you.

Responsibility

If you take your child to school in the morning it is your responsibility to collect them in the afternoon.

Important

It is important for parents to have a contingency plan in place if they are not at home when a child returns home. For example: A buddy scheme or a family friend or relative who the child can go to until the parent/carer returns home

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