Guide: School transport appeals and complaints

What if my child lives in walking distance of school?

We will consider whether you can get your child to school yourself. The Committee will want to know if you can walk with your child to school, get help from others to walk your child to school, pay for your child to use public transport, drive your child to school, or pay for someone to transport your child to school.

If you live in walking distance of school but you think the route is unsafe for your child to walk, with an adult, the Committee will consider:

  • how old your child is
  • if you can take your child to school yourself
  • road width
  • space between walkers and traffic
  • view of the road/traffic
  • the accident record along the route
  • the availability of footpaths and verges
  • how busy traffic is on the walking journey
  • any other information you provide.

If your child is attending a school that is not named to serve your home address, the Committee will consider your reasons for choosing this school and whether you can get your child to school yourself. It will consider whether you can drive your child to school, pay for your child to use public transport, or if you could get help from others to get your child to school. It will give full attention to any other factors that you feel are important.