Once a pupil's statement of special educational needs or education, health and care (EHC) plan is finalised, we'll assess their eligibility for free home to school transport.
If a pupil is attending their nearest suitable school, where 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 a pupil 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, when we write to you, we'll ask you to provide additional information and supporting evidence from a doctor or a professional explaining why the pupil would not be able to manage the statutory walking distance to school, accompanied as necessary.
If a pupil is not attending their nearest suitable school, 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.