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 assesment.
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.