Post-16 school transport provision

Introduction

There is no automatic eligibility for Hampshire County Council funded home to school transport after the age of 16.

There are a number of public transport service providers in Hampshire. Colleges and schools in Hampshire have their own transport arrangements but the situation does vary. Students should check with their establishment about the transport arrangements and ticketing prices that can apply to both bus and train travel.

HCC recognises that families may need a transport service to ensure that 16+ special needs or disabled students can access a place that is suitable for their needs and so do offer, under discretionary powers, a transport service that requires an annual parental contribution.

Transport will normally only be offered if the student has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or if the student has a disability which means he/she requires transport arrangements to be provided.

When submitting a travel request form the parent or carer must provide evidence to show that without support from the Council the student would be unable to attend their educational placement. The County Council is using its 2018/19 Post 16 Transport Policy Statement to assess eligibility of applicants.

Discretionary transport criteria

When assessing an application for post-16 transport assistance, the County Council considers the criteria as detailed in the policy.

Travel assistance is not available to students in apprenticeships with employed status, students attending work placements or work experience or other bespoke arrangements including taster days.

Charge for discretionary travel assistance

The Post-16 Transport Policy Statement details when a charge will be applied and how much this will be.

Distance to travel Annual charge Termly cost
Up to 5 miles £600 £200
5.01 to 7.5 miles £831 £277
7.51 to 10 miles £1,164 £388
Over 10 miles £1,330 £443

Distance to travel is measured from the allocated pick up point to the school. Hampshire County Council will use GIS mapping software to measure this distance.

Submit a Travel Request Form

See the How to apply page to submit a Travel Request Form.