School transport update, including post-16 transport allocations

Changes to school transport policy

In March 2019, the Council's Cabinet agreed a series of changes to the home to school transport policy, including a contribution charge towards the cost of Post 16 SEND transport.

This followed a public consultation which ran from 31 October 2018 to 4 January 2019. The consultation received over 2,308 responses.

See the policy documents and decision or view the webcast.

What has changed?

We have taken the exceptional decision to suspend the charging policy for the academic year 2020/21, due to the uncertainty surrounding school attendance during the Coronavirus outbreak and to support families in this difficult economic climate.  

To confirm this will mean that all Post 16 Transport provided by the Council for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), will be at no charge to parents / carers for the academic year 2020/21.

Review the draft policy statement for post 16 2020/21

Policy changes in Iver, Wexham, and Ivinghoe

From September 2019, the Council:

  • ended free home to school transport for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) aged over 16 (transport arrangements were still made by the Council but a contribution was asked for towards costs)
  • started charging for pupils with SEND (aged over 16) based on banding according to the distance travelled
  • increased the allocation of independent travel training for eligible young people aged 16 to 18 years old

This meant that charges based on the distance from home to school were introduced from September 2019 for transport for existing and new pupils.

From the September 2020 intake, discretionary free transport in from some locations to Cottesloe School and Chalfonts Community College will also cease.

Policy changes affecting Cottesloe School and Chalfonts Community College

Secondary school age children living in the primary school catchment areas of Denham Green E-ACT / Denham Infant, Iver Village Infant / Junior and Iver Heath Infant / Junior will no longer be provided with free transport to Chalfonts Community College if joining the school from September 2020 as this was an exception in the Council’s policy that has now been removed as it is not the nearest school.

Secondary school age children living in Cheddington, Dagnall, Ivinghoe Aston and Edlesborough will no longer receive free transport to Cottesloe School from September 2020 as Tring is the nearest school. This was an exception to the policy that has also been removed.

From September 2020 entry, a contribution will be required for school transport in these areas. This applies to anyone who chooses not to attend their nearest school and brings the arrangements in line with the rest of the County.

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