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Transport to sixth form and college


This page gives you the most up-to-date information about transport assistance to sixth forms and colleges.

Post-16 help with travel will only be available to students starting or students who are continuing further education who meet the eligibility criteria and who are:

  • unable to travel independently because of special educational needs, a disability or mobility difficulty, or
  • who are unable to access a viable public transport system.

How to apply

If you are a new student starting your Post 16 study in September 2016 or after, there's more information about the travel assistance available to you in the  Icon for pdf Post-16 Travel Assistance to Education and Training information paper (September 2018) (PDF, 368.8kb) .

Do you qualify?

If you are unable to travel independently, to qualify for any Post 16 travel assistance you must meet all of the following criteria. You:

  • must live in County Durham.
  • must be under 19 years of age at the start of the programme of learning and undertaking a programme of learning, study or work placement that is full-time (i.e. at least 540 plus guided learning (planned and funded) hours per year).
  • must live more than 3 miles from the school/college (education provider) as measured by the council (the 3 mile limit is not applicable to students unable to walk the distance to school/college because of special educational needs, a disability or mobility difficulty).
  • be expected to attend the nearest establishment that provides the full time programme of learning or work placement that you wish to follow whilst having had reasonable opportunities to choose between different establishments at which education and training is provided. Assistance with travel may be provided in exceptional circumstances to an establishment that is not the nearest, but is within a reasonable distance of the nearest establishment.

Exceptions

Students in receipt of an allowance for attending a higher education course or attending independent fee-paying establishments (including scholarship schemes) are not entitled to travel assistance.

How to appeal

If we do not award free home to school transport to your child, you can request a review of our decision in writing within 20 days of the receipt of the decision letter. You will need to send any additional supporting evidence with the request. Each case will be considered individually. 

What other help is available?

Help is available, from a range of sources, for families who are seeking travel assistance.

For students starting their Post 16 study in September 2016 and beyond, the Icon for pdf Post-16 Travel Assistance to Education and Training information paper (September 2018) (PDF, 368.8kb)  gives more information.

Concessionary seats

Where spare seats are available on a school bus, these can be sold to children who are not entitled to free transport. This is called concessionary travel. Full details of the concessionary travel scheme, including bus routes available, how to apply, how seats are allocated and how to pay are available on our apply for a spare seat on school transport page.

Some colleges operate schemes to help students with transport and some public service operators offer special tickets for students. There's more information about help for post 16 travel in our  Icon for pdf Post-16 Travel Assistance to Education and Training information paper (September 2018) (PDF, 368.8kb) .

Behaviour on home to college transport

Our Icon for pdf Behaviour on School Transport Policy (PDF, 119.4kb)  sets out the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, transport operators, passenger assistants and schools. It also explains the action that can be taken when either behaviour or the transport provided does not meet acceptable standards.

There is a leaflet available which explains standards of behaviour:

Icon for pdf Post 16 Behaviour on Home to College Transport (PDF, 110.6kb)

How we use your personal information

When you submit your application for travel assistance, you give your consent for us to check the address details you have given on your application with council tax and electoral registration records. This is to confirm that you are resident at the property. There are more details about how your data is used on our  page.

Contact us
School Transport
03000 265 896
Our address is:
  • School Places and Admissions Team
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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