West Berkshire Council

Post-16 SEN Home to School Transport

Transport for post-16 Special Educational Needs students between home and school or college

Eligibility

Eligibility for transport assistance for post-16 students (aged 16 to 25) with a Statement of Special Educational Needs, Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or Learning Difficulty Assessment attending a resourced or special school or further education college, is assessed in accordance with our pdf icon Home to School Transport Policy 2017/18 [351kb].

Parents of children attending school from September 2018 should refer to the pdf icon Home to School Transport Policy 2018/19 [368kb].

Applying

You will need to apply for post-16 SEN transport assistance each academic year, so that we know whether you wish for assistance to continue or you would prefer to make your own alternative transport arrangements.

You can apply for Post-16 SEN transport assistance online.  You can apply for the academic year 2018/19 now.  All applications for 2018/19 should be made by Friday 15 June 2018.  

Contribution

Following a public consultation and subsequent member decision, from 25 April 2017, parents, carers or students will need to pay a contribution towards the transport assistance. £703 is payable for the academic year 2017/18 and £726 for the academic year 2018/19.  Rates for future academic years are to be decided.

If you are eligible for assistance, an invoice will be sent to you for the contribution payable for the academic year (or if you are applying for a Personal Transport Budget or mileage allowance, the contribution will be deducted from any payments).  Invoices can be paid in monthly instalments, on request. 

For assistance for the academic year 2018/19, please ensure payment (or payment of the first instalment of an agreed plan) has been made by Friday 20 July 2018.

Low Income

For low income families, you may also be able to make an application for a bursary (financial assistance) to the educational establishment your child attends. Please contact the school/college for further information and an application form.

If your school/college is unable to assist and you are entitled to free school meals or maximum levels of Working Tax Credit and are struggling to meet the contribution for the council's Post-16 SEN scheme, you can apply for financial assistance through the council.  In these circumstances please complete a Stage 1 Transport Appeal, attaching evidence of your circumstances.