School transport for children with SEND

We can provide eligible children or young people with help to get to school.

Coronavirus

Normal services will resume on Monday 8 March 2021.

The school transport team is following the Gov.UK guidance - Transport to school and other places of education 2020-2021 academic year. Schools are following advice from the DfE and Public Health England. We are working together regarding the provision of school transport.

Dedicated transport to schools usually carries the same group of children on a regular basis. They do not mix with the general public. This helps limit the number of other people with whom they come into contact. For this reason the government have set rules for dedicated home to school transport that are different from those for public transport.

Here is our guidance for:

Please work with your provider to make transport work for you and your child. Transport arrangements are under constant review and we will continue to work with schools to follow the DfE and Public Health England.

Children of compulsory school age (Reception to Year 11)

If they are eligible for the scheme your child will be provided with a bus pass or money to get to school.

Request travel assistance

Your child must:

  • Live permanently in Solihull;
  • Be of compulsory school age (Reception to year 11); and go to a qualifying school;

To be eligible for support they must also either:

  • Live more than the ‘statutory walking distance’ from their ‘qualifying school; or
  • Be unable to journey safely, even when accompanied, to their ‘qualifying school’ because of their special educational need or disability, subject to assessment

The statutory walking distance is:

  • Two miles for children under 8
  • Three miles for pupils aged 8 to 16

You can read the Home to School Travel Assistance Policy for Pupils from Reception to Year 11.

Travel assistance for Post-16 students

The Council is consulting on the Post-16 transport policy statement 2021.  Find out more and how to give feedback.  

Learning to travel on public transport is an essential skill that young people should learn that can help with their career opportunities and social life.

Our Independent Travel Trainers can help teach a young person how to travel to and from school or college on their own, usually using public transport.

Young people with severe mobility or learning difficulties can apply for help by completing our Request for Travel Assistance Post-16 form.

Request travel assistance

The student must:

  • live permanently in Solihull
  • attend a full-time, suitable course at a suitable school, college 16 to 19 academy
  • be aged 16 to 18 at the time of application or have started the course before their 19th birthday
  • be unable to travel to their course on their own

You can read the Post-16 Transport Policy Statement.

Appeals

If you are unhappy with our decision about your application you have the right to appeal.

Your appeal will be heard by one of our senior officers. If you are still not happy with our decision your appeal will be heard by a panel of council members.

You can appeal by calling 0121 704 6610.