Changes to school transport policy
In March 2019, our Cabinet Office agreed a series of changes to the home to school transport policy.
This was the result of a public consultation which ran from 31 October 2018 to 4 January 2019. The consultation received over 2,308 responses.
From September 2019, we will be:
- ending free home to school transport for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) aged over 16 (transport arrangements will still be made by the Council but we will be asked for a contribution towards costs)
- charging for pupils with SEND (aged over 16) based on banding according to the distance travelled
- increasing the allocation of independent travel training for eligible young people aged 16 to 18 years old
This means we will introduce charges from September 2019 for transport for existing and new pupils. The charges will be based on the distance from home to school, and we will correspond directly with parents to confirm their eligibility for travel assistance and how much this will cost them.
From the September 2020 intake, we will remove discretionary free transport in the Evreham and Ivinghoe areas.
Transport information sessions for families with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
We have held four information sessions about changes to home to school transport for pupils with SEND. This leaflet was provided at the sessions. These were held on the following dates:
Tuesday 18 June 2019
|8 - 9pm||Stony Dean School, Amersham, HP7 9JW|
|Thursday 20 June 2019||12 - 1pm||County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1AU|
|Tuesday 25 June 2019||8 - 9pm||Furze Down School, Winslow, MK18 3BL|
|Wednesday 26 June 2019||8 - 9pm||Alfriston School, Beaconsfield, HP9 2TS|
New charges from September 2019
We will introduce a 'banded fee' for post 16 SEND transport.
Information will be available to parents for alternative sources of funding.
|Band||Distance from home to school||Annual charge|
|1||Under 4 miles||£706|
|2||4 to 4.99 miles||£823.60|
|3||5 to 6.99 miles||£941.20|
|4||7 to 9.99 miles||£1,060.90|
|5||10 miles or more||£1,179.55|
We have listened to parents concerns and to ensure that there are no breaks to your child’s education, transport will be arranged as usual in September 2019 to their school or college, while you wait for a decision on your application for financial assistance or appeal. We ask that you provide the transport team with evidence that your application has been made and is in progress.
We will review the charges once a year alongside our mainstream transport charges.
Policy changes in Iver, Wexham, and Ivinghoe
From September 2020 entry, a contribution will be required for school transport.
This applies to anyone who:
- chooses not to attend their nearest school
- is currently travelling free of charge and attends the Chalfont Community College, Cottesloe, and Tring Schools
This brings the arrangements in line with the rest of the County.
Why the changes are necessary
The current cost of home to school transport is £15.1 million. The changes will help make important cost savings to the council's budget.
The changes will make sure that children and young people can travel independently (where possible).
We will be introducing a Dynamic Purchasing System. This is a fully-electronic procurement process which will deliver better value for money. It's already in use by public sector bodies to award contracts for works or services.
As part of this move, we intend to combine, where effective, public and school bus services.