Children with Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans may qualify for free home to school transport if:
- They are attending their nearest suitable school and it is beyond 2 miles if below the age of 8 or beyond 3 miles if aged between 8 and 16.
- The Child cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school because of their mobility problems or because of associated health and safety issues related to their Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
Children/young people with a statement of SEN or Education, Health and Care Plan do not have an automatic entitlement to free home to school transport, even if they attend a special school.
If you would like your child to attend a school that is not their nearest suitable school which can meet their need, the LA could agree to name this school in your child’s statement/EHC Plan however this normally will be on the condition that you are responsible for transport costs.
For pupils who are eligible to free home to school transport the LA makes necessary travel arrangements. The transport can be provided in a number of different ways, including:
- A dedicated school bus
- A travel pass for use on public transport
- A Personal Travel Budget - More information can be found on the Personal Travel Budget Page