The Education Travel Policy covers in more detail travel arrangements for the beginning and end of the school day (and not to travel between educational establishments during the school day) for pupils and students who live in Somerset or who are deemed to be our responsibility. This incorporates the separate policy documents for children with Special Educational Needs. Summaries are described below.
Somerset County Council provides home to school travel assistance for eligible children aged 4 to 16 years.
Travel assistance is provided to a child’s nearest or designated school, providing they live over the statutory walking distance.
The statutory walking distance is 3 miles for children aged 8 and over, and 2 miles for children under 8 years old.
The Council also provides additional travel assistance for children from low income families.
To check if you are eligible for travel assistance, to make an application and to get more information, please visit the County Council website.
There is no statutory entitlement for students attending further education. We may be able to provide travel assistance for students with special educational needs if they cannot make their own way to their further educational establishment. There is also a contribution charge for this.
Students must apply each year for travel assistance with supporting medical evidence and progression information for returning further education students.
For more information visit the County Council website.
Travel help if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan
You can make a transport application for a child with a statement or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan of statutory school age on the County Council website, or you can phone Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 to ask them to send you a form.
When we receive your application we will assess it within 10 days.
We will send you a letter if we do not agree that you can have travel assistance, telling you the reasons why.
If we agree that you can have travel assistance, we will send your details to Transporting Somerset [link to service page] for them to make arrangements.
The Transport Officer will contact you to carry out a risk assessment over the phone, to make sure that suitable transport is provided. We will then send you a letter telling you what the arrangements will be.