There is no automatic entitlement to school transport for children and young people who have SEND.
If you are unable to make arrangements for school transport then please speak to a member of the transport team on 0345 155 1019.
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- School Transport for children with SEND
- Transport for Post 16 students to schools and Further Education Colleges
- School Transport for children with SENDTransport for Post 16 students to schools and Further Education Colleges
In order to qualify for free transport:
Primary school age children must normally attend their nearest appropriate school or designated school serving their home and live beyond walking distance (two miles).
Secondary school age children must normally attend their nearest appropriate school or designated school serving their home and live beyond walking distance (three miles)
Secondary school age children whose families are on low income have an enhanced travel entitlement. They can attend one of the 3 nearest schools to the home between 2 and 6 miles and qualify for free transport. Low income families may also qualify for free transport on denominational grounds for a school between 2 and 15 miles away.
Children of statutory school age with a statement of SEN or an EHCP may qualify for free transport where a school or setting is named to meet specific needs and this is not a result of parental preference.
A limited Post 16 travel scheme will operate from September 2017. Where appropriate, students will use public transport. Where students are finding difficulty funding fares then they should approach their education provider to see if any financial support can be made available from locally held bursary funds.
Where there is a “vacant seat” on Devon County Council contract transport then there may be an opportunity to purchase a seat. The normal parental contribution fee will apply.
Where there is no suitable public transport or any vacant seats and students or carers are unable to make their own arrangements then an “assessment of travel need” may be required. Any support agreed will be subject to the normal parental contribution fee.