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Home to school transport
As a Local Authority we are 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-on-Tees Council.
The Home to School Transport policy reflects the statutory guidance set by the Department for Education (DfE) and applies to all school admissions.
“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
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.
For further information contact the Community Transport Team.
Returning to School
Providing home to school transport
If you would like to apply to provide home to school transport, please visit our Providing home to school transport page.