Special transport needs aren't necessarily the same as special educational needs. Not all children with special educational needs will have special transport needs.
A special transport need would be where the child:
- lives within the walking distance but is unable to walk or travel to school accompanied by a parent/carer
- is unable to use public transport when accompanied by a parent/carer.
If your child has a special transport need, we'll provide travel assistance to get your child to the catchment area or designated school . We don't provide assistance for your child to travel to other schools.
Special transport arrangements are usually by bus, minibus, taxi or ambulance or in certain circumstances a paid mileage allowance. We may arrange an escort to accompany the vehicle, where we have deemed it to be appropriate. If your child is travelling alone in a taxi, we may ask you to accompany him or her. If the school is beyond walking distance, the taxi will take you home and pick you up again in the afternoon. If the journey is less than the legal walking distance, we'd expect you to walk home in the morning and back again in the afternoon.
If you think your child has a special transport need, please contact the Statutory Assessment & Placement Team on tel: 0115 9773779.