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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 assessment. 

Then we'll write to you with the outcome.

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

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.

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.

Returning to school in September

We recently emailed all schools and parents of children who are entitled to home to school transport to let them know what to expect for the return to school.

  • All transport will run as normal from September, including taxis and minibuses to special schools.
  • Social distancing is not required, but if your child attends a special school your transport provider will contact you about the safety measures they've put in place to maximise pupil safety.

Personal transport budgets

If you would prefer to take your child to school yourself, we are still offering personal transport budgets, which cover 4 daily home to school car journeys at 45p per mile.

If you would like to accept this offer of reimbursement please email the SEN Transport Team  - schooltransport@hertfordshire.gov.uk - and include your child’s name, their date of birth, your address, and the school they attend. Please title your email “Mileage reimbursement”.

If you have already accepted a personal transport budget

Thank you to everyone who has been able to opt for a personal transport budget - this has really helped us to keep services running safely. If you would like to return to arranged transport, you are welcome to request this. There may be a slight period of notice needed to set up your transport.

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.

Pupils starting in September – email the SEN transport team at schooltransport@hertfordshire.gov.uk by the end of May.

SEN transport for students 16-25

SEN home to school transport guidance for parents

We're not sure yet how COVID-19 will impact schools and colleges in September, but we are currently planning transport as normal. For young people with an EHCP who are either starting or returning to 16+ education in September 2020, the SEN Transport team have sent transport application forms by email. Families should check their email, including the 'junk' folder, for the message - if you have not received it you can email schooltransport@hertfordshire.gov.uk to request a transport application form. The SEN Transport team will then resend the email.

We recommend applying online if you are able - it is more efficient and you will be guaranteed a receipt. Our team is still receiving post, but in the current situation post is delayed, which makes things a little slower too.

If your son or daughter is under 18 years old and has any medical needs such as epilepsy, 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 2019/201st 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: 20/08/2020 15:58:50

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