Help with travelling to school

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

Coronavirus

The school transport team is following the Gov.UK guidance - Transport to school and other places of education: autumn 2020. 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 parents and pupils.

Here is our guidance for operators of school transport contracts.

It will take a couple of weeks for everyone to get used to new routines. Please work with your provider to make transport work for you and your child. As the term progresses transport arrangements will be under review and we will continue to work with schools to follow the DfE and Public Health guidance.

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

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.