Free Home-to-School Transport

The policy provides free home-to-school transport for eligible children of compulsory school age who meet certain criteria, and there are also discretionary schemes available for those who do not meet the criteria for free travel.

Entitlement to Free Home-to-School Transport

Suffolk County Council’s new School Travel Policy has been implemented from September 2019. 

SCC protecting the funded school travel arrangements for pupils who are already attending your school and who will still be there in September 2019, as long as they continue to live at the same address. Any child who moves house or turns 8 years of age will have their eligibility re-assessed.

You will have to opt-in for SCC funded school travel each year by 31 May. School Travel eligibilty will be re-assessed when you change address or school.

 The general policy of the County Council is that free home-to school transport is provided only for children of compulsory school age (5 years up to 16 years) who:

  • are under 8 years of age and live two miles or more from the catchment school or nearest school; or
  • are 8 years of age and over and live three miles or more from the catchment school or nearest school.

Free home-to-school transport may be provided for students with learning difficulties and disabilities in mainstream education, at special schools and special units, where it is accepted that transport is necessary to enable access to the education they require.

For full details of the home-to-school transport scheme, to make an application for school transport and access to online payments go to the Suffolk Onboard website.

School transport is organised by the County Transport Department and further information about entitlement to transport is available from there on 0345 606 6067.

Discretionary Travel Schemes

There are a number of different discretionary schemes for children of compulsory school age and for students with learning disabilities and or disabilities. These schemes can provide assistance to children who do not meet the criteria to qualify for free travel.

For details about all the discretionary transport schemes and expression of interest forms go to the school transport pages on Suffolk Onboard.

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