Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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School transport


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Home to school transport

Stockton Council has revised its home to school transport policy and this may affect your child.

Stockton Council is required to provide home to school transport, under certain conditions. Our Community Transport Service is responsible for the management of Home to School transport for children who qualify for free transport from mainstream and special education needs from primary school age up to 19 years old.

Transport may be provided either by the community transport fleet or by bus or taxi businesses that have been contracted by Stockton Council.

The revised policy was approved by the Council’s Cabinet 15 July 2016 following consultation with schools, diocesan representatives, parents and carers.

It reflects the statutory guidance set by the Department for Education (DfE) and will be applied to all new school admissions from September 2017 onward.

There will be no changes to the existing transport arrangements in place for children currently in school, or who have accepted a school place for September 2016.

“Under the policy, the Council will no longer provide free transport to children whose parents have chosen to send them to a school which is not their nearest suitable school, including cases where parents have chosen a faith school or academy.

“But in line with our commitment to protect those most in need, there will be extended rights for pupils entitled to free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of the maximum Working Tax Credit.”

The statutory guidelines state that children will be eligible for home to school transport if:

  • They are under eight years of age and the nearest suitable school is more than two miles away. 
  • They are between eight and 16 years of age and the nearest suitable school is more than three miles away.
  • They cannot be reasonably expected to walk to school because of a mobility problem or health and safety issues related to special educational needs or a disability.
  • The route to the nearest suitable school is unsafe.

View the Home to School Travel and Transport Policy to learn more.

Read the Home to School Transport - Information for Parents and Carers - Eligibility and decision making for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Young people between 16 and 19 years who attend colleges and training courses across Tees Valley may qualify for half price bus travel.

View the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Post 16 Transport Policy 2020/21 for more information.

For further information contact the Community Transport Team.


Important Information


Providing home to school transport

If you would like to apply to provide home top school transport, please visit our Providing home to school transport page.


Contact the Community Transport Team

Telephone: 01642 527117

Address: Cowpen Lane Depot, Cowpen Lane, Billingham, TS23 4DD