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When your child's Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is finalised, and the nearest suitable school has been named, you can contact us for a home to school transport assessment. 

Then we will write to you with the outcome.

If your child is attending their nearest suitable school as named on their EHCP, and the distance from home to school is over the statutory walking distance, they will be eligible for free home to school transport support.  

Statutory walking distance

Under 8 year olds – more than 2 miles (3,218 metres) from home.

Over 8 year olds – more than 3 miles (4,827metres) from home.


If your child is attending their nearest suitable school, but their home to school distance is less than the statutory walking distance, they won't be entitled under the "distance" section of the home to school transport policy (PDF 567kb) Opening a new window.

However, they may be entitled to free home to school transport based on their individual needs. In these cases, we'll ask you to provide additional information and supporting evidence from a doctor or a professional explaining why your child is unable to walk the statutory walking distance to school, accompanied as necessary by a suitable adult.

If your child is not attending their nearest suitable school, or is attending a school named as parental preference in their EHCP, they won't be entitled to school transport. It will be the parent or carer's responsibility to get their child to and from school.

When will we contact you?

If you've applied for home to school transport after your child's EHCP has been finalised, we'll write to you with the outcome.

Personal Travel Budgets

A Personal Travel Budget (PTB) is a transport option available to parents or carers of children/young people with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), who are eligible for travel support. It is funding to help you arrange your own transport to school/college and allows you to make flexible travel arrangements rather than travelling in a vehicle provided by the council.

Moving to a new house

If you are moving to another local authority and your child or young person receives free transport because of their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you must inform your current local authority of the date you are moving. The transfer of the EHCP and any transport funding does not happen automatically; your current local authority will transfer the EHCP either on the day of your move, or within 15 working days of the new local authority becoming aware of your move.

Your new local authority then has 6 weeks to tell you that the EHCP has been transferred and when they will be reviewing the plan.

If you are moving out of Hertfordshire, let the SEND team know the date you are moving and where you are moving to. We will continue funding your child’s transport for 6 weeks, or until your child’s EHCP is transferred to the new local authority - whichever comes first. Contact your new local authority after you have moved to confirm they will take responsibility for funding your child’s transport from the seventh week.

If you are moving into Hertfordshire, tell your current SEND Team in advance your new address and the date you expect to complete the move.

If you are moving within Hertfordshire and receive free transport, let the SEND Team know your new address so they can update your records. You will also need to let the SEND transport team know so that we can reassess your transport based on your new circumstances.

SEND transport team:

0300 123 4043

schooltransport@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Hertfordshire SEND team:

North Herts and Stevenage SEND Team Covering: Hitchin, Baldock, Letchworth, Royston,Stevenage 

northhertsstevenage.senteam@hertfordshire.gov.uk

East Herts, Broxbourne and Welwyn Hatfield SEND Team Covering: Hertford, Ware, Watton, Cheshunt, Bishop’s Stortford, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, Buntingford, Welwyn Hatfield

easthertsbroxbourne.senteam@hertfordshire.gov.uk

St Albans and Dacorum SEND Team Covering: Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Tring, Berkhamsted, St Albans, Kings Langley

stadsendteam@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Watford, Three Rivers & Hertsmere SEND Team Covering: Bushey, Radlett, Watford, Three Rivers, Hertsmere 

watfordthreerivers.senteam@hertfordshire.gov.uk

SEN transport for students 16-25

SEN Transport guidance for parents (PDF 525kb)

There is no statutory entitlement to travel support for 16 - 18 year olds attending school or college. However, we offer support to young people who meet the following criteria:

  • they are unable to travel independently, and
  • the school/ college they attend is the nearest suitable setting named on the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Toapply, fill in our 16+ school transport application form.

If your son or daughter is under 18 years old and has any medical needs, we'll send your application to the Health team to ensure that the transport provision meets their medical needs. This process can take up to 8 weeks.

If your son or daughter is over 18 years old and has medical requirements when travelling on transport, please send us a medical protocol from a medical professional who is familiar with their needs. Transport will not be provided without the relevant medical protocol.

Email schooltransport@hertfordshire.gov.uk if you have any questions - we'll get back to you within 10 working days.

You can find further information in our Post 16 Transport to Education and Training Policy.

Scale of charges (Sept 2020-July 2021)

MilesNumber of college daysAnnual costCost per term 2020/211st instalment2nd instalment

0 – 2.99

 2

£354

£118

£59

£59

 

 3

£528

£176

£88

£88

 

 4

£708

£236

£118

£118

 

 5

£882

£294

£147

 £147

3 – 4.99

 2

£468

£156

£78

 £78

 

 3

£708

£236

£118

 £118

 

 4

£942

£314

£157

 £157

 

 5

£1,176

£392

£196

 £196

5 – 6.99

 2

 £540

 £180

 £90

 £90

 

 3

 £810

 £270

 £135

 £135

 

 4

 £1080

 £360

 £180

 £180

 

 5

 £1350

 £450

 £225

 £225

7 and over

 2

 £618

 £206

 £103

 £103

 

 3

 £930

 £310

 £155

 £155

 

 4

£1,242

 £414

 £207

 £207

 

 £1,554

 £518

 £259

 £259

Travel training

Travel training is help for students with learning disabilities or difficulties to gain the skills and confidence to travel independently. It's available across the further education colleges in Hertfordshire.

Read more about travel training in Hertfordshire

Page was last published on: 17/11/2020 10:42:07

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