Public consultation on proposals to change home to school transport
Currently, a pupil’s qualifying school is defined as the closest school to the pupil’s home with a space available and with the distance being measured by the shortest available route (driving route if over the statutory walking distance or walking route if the journey is less than the statutory walking distance). This may, therefore, not be the pupil’s priority area school but will be the one physically closest to their home address.
The proposed amendment to the policy would mean that a pupil’s qualifying school could be one of the following:
1) The school is the closest to the pupil’s home address that has places available and that provides education appropriate to the age, ability and aptitude of the pupil and takes into account any special educational needs that the pupil may have;
2) It is the priority area school in which the pupil resides.
This could mean that some pupils would have two qualifying schools.
The way that transport is determined for pupils attending selective and faith schools will remain unchanged.
The consultation opened on 8 June 2020 and will close on Friday 17 July 2020.