School transport update, including post-16 transport allocations

SEND bursary information

If you are unable to pay the full amount being charged for Post 16 SEN transport, you may be entitled to a bursary towards meeting these travel costs. Bursaries are managed directly by the student’s educational setting.

To find out if you are eligible and to apply, contact your educational setting directly for more information. We recommend that you contact your educational setting as soon as you can to ensure your application can be considered.  

There are two types of bursary. Details of each are provided below and there is more information available here


Vulnerable Groups Bursary

The criteria for this bursary are set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).  It is applicable to students who are:

  • in care;
  • care leavers;
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner;
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right.

Maximum amount: £1200.


Discretionary Bursary

The criteria for this bursary are set by the individual school/college/educational institution. Please contact your educational institution direct for guidance on how to apply for a bursary.


What happens next?

In both instances, your school or college will make the decision and let you know within about three weeks of your application if this has been successful.

If your application is successful, your transport may be fully or partially funded depending on your circumstances and the bursary criteria. Your school or college will determine the best way to manage the bursary payment and how this will be paid to the Local Authority for transportation costs.  

If your application is not successful you can appeal the decision. Your school or college can provide the paperwork for your appeal and they will let you know their decision within 3 weeks.

If your appeal is also not successful, you can apply to our Transport Exceptions Panel for further consideration.


Transport Exceptions Panel

If your initial application and subsequent appeal for bursary funding is declined and you feel that your circumstances need further consideration for travel assistance, you can apply in writing to the council’s Post 16 SEND Transport Exceptions Panel (TEP). Each application for discretionary assistance will be reviewed under the Post 16 SEND Transport Case Review Process.  The deadline for submitting an application to this panel is Friday 31 December 2020.

Applications can be submitted via email to or by post to:

SEND Post 16 Transport
First Floor
Walton Street Offices
Walton Street
HP20 1UZ

If your appeal to the panel is not successful you will need to pay for your transport.


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