Help with travelling to school

Children of compulsory school age (Reception to Year 11)

The Council will provide travel assistance to pupils who meet the criteria set out in our policy. This will normally be a bus pass or an equivalent amount of money.

Your child must meet all the criteria 1, 2 and 3

1- live permanently in Solihull
2 - be of compulsory school age (Reception to year 11)
3 - attend a qualifying school

Your child must meet either criterion 4 or criterion 5

4 - live more than the ‘statutory walking distance’ from his or her ‘qualifying school’
5 - be unable to make the journey safely, even when accompanied, to his or her ‘qualifying school’ because of their special educational need or disability, subject to assessment

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

How to apply

Request travel assistance

Travel assistance for Post-16 students

Solihull Council wants all young people to have the same access to opportunities in life: to travel, to get a job, have friends and relationships, to live as independently as possible, to have a good social life and to be valued in their community.

Learning to travel on public transport is an essential skill. We actively promote independent travel so that all young people can access their community, training and learning opportunities as well as social and leisure activities.

Applicants with severe mobility or learning difficulties may apply for discretionary travel assistance by filling in the Request for Travel Assistance Post-16 form. Criteria for determining eligibility are as follows:

The student must

1 - live permanently in Solihull
2 - attend a full-time, suitable course at a suitable school, further education college of institution or 16-19 academy
3 - be aged 16-18 at the time of application, or have started the course before their 19th birthday
4 - be unable to travel to their course independently

You can read the Post-16 Transport Policy Statement.

Independent travel training

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


If you are unhappy with the outcome to your request for assistance you have the right of appeal against the decision. First, your request will be reviewed by a senior officer. If you are still not happy your request will be considered by a panel of council members.

If you would like an appeal form you should phone School Transport on 0121 704 6610.

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