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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

School transport for 16 to 19 year olds

Your child may be able to get assistance (with school transport) to go to sixth form or college in the form of a fixed term grant.

Eligibility and how to apply

Frequently asked questions on home to school transport for the 2020/21 academic year in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Council’s cabinet agreed on 9 March 2018 to change the home to school transport policy for Post 16 students. These changes took effect from September 2019. For further information regarding the changes please see the Frequently Asked Questions contained within our Policy document below.

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Post 16 fixed grant

Post 16 students applying for transport assistance for September 2021 may be entitled to a fixed grant of £150 per academic year. 

Please note that the Council no longer provides Post 16 mainstream students with any of the following types of transport assistance:

  • A Council provided school bus place
  • A bus pass for a commercially provided school special bus service
  • A bus or train pass for public transport, e.g. Arriva
  • Taxi or minibus transport
  • A mileage allowance (petrol refund)

Eligibility

Students will be entitled to a fixed grant if all of the following apply:

  • they are 16, 17 or 18 years old when they start the course
  • they are doing a full time course
  • they live more than 3 miles from:
    • their nearest school sixth form or freestanding further education / sixth form college
    and either
    • their nearest freestanding Leicestershire further education / sixth form college
    or
    • their frozen Leicestershire school sixth form (the catchment school with a sixth form in areas where there have been no changes to catchments or age range since May 2012) – see the policy document for a list

The grant will only be provided for those students eligible according to the criteria above and:

  • Are from a qualifying low income family (students entitled to free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits or their maximum level of Working Tax Credit)

And/or

  • Are ‘rurally isolated’ which means they live more than a total of 75 minutes away (one way, measured in the morning) from their qualifying school, measured door to door using public transport.

Please note that we don't take availability or location of courses into account. We will only provide assistance to the student’s nearest educational establishment as described above and if the qualifying criteria are met.

For further information regarding the scheme, eligibility and how journey times are measured, please read the FAQs contained in our Home to School / College Transport Policy above.

How to apply

You have to apply each academic year for the school/college transport grant if your child is over 16 years old. 

Complete the online application form and note that we will ask you to provide evidence of low-income status. We will also check that your child is attending the stated college before arranging any payment.

Apply online

You should submit your transport application form by 13 July 2021. We will then check your eligibility and aim to inform you of our decision by the end of August 2021. 

On confirmation of attendance, the grant will be paid by cheque for the full yearly amount by October half-term, for those that applied by the July deadline. If you apply part way through the year, the grant will be reduced by a pro-rata amount at each half term (£50 per term). There will be no grant available for applications received after the summer half term (May 2022) in respect of 2021/2022 academic year.

If you’re not eligible

If your child doesn't qualify for transport assistance, you can:

  • ask us to check again if you think we’ve made a mistake
  • make an appeal

Please note that you can only appeal if you believe we have misinterpreted the policy and not purely because you disagree with the policy itself.

Many academies now operate their own buses. Similarly, a number of bus companies are providing commercial ‘school special’ bus services – the school can provide information on these options.
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