- How long can a child be in a taxi for?
- Do I qualify for home to school transport?
- Can my child get transport when they have finished compulsory schooling (age 16-19)?
- What is independent travel training?
- Is Transport automatically given with EHCP?
- Do I have to apply for transport?
- Do I have to apply for transport every year?
Best practice suggests that the maximum individual journey length for a child of Primary school age should be no longer than 45 minutes each way. For Secondary school children, the length of a journey should be no more than 75 minutes each way.
Your child can get free travel if they attend their nearest appropriate school.
- age appropriate - attendance at a primary and secondary school
- ability appropriate - attendance at a mainstream or special school
your child also needs to be:
- over 8 years old and live more than 3 miles from the school using the shortest available walking route.
- under 8 years old and live more than 2 miles from the school using the shortest available walking route.
For further information about eligibility please see link to KCC Transport Policy
For post 16 transport to school or college if your child does not have an Education Health and Care plan, there will be a charge for this. KCC have a 16+ travel saver bus pass to help with spreading the cost of transport. You may also be able to get a bursary.
If there are special circumstances which makes it difficult for your child to get to school or College, or you have an Education, Health, and Care plan (EHCP) you can contact the Transport Eligibility Team for advice.
If your child has an EHC plan and they are eligible for transport, they can also access travel training or a personal transport budget.
For further information please see Kent County Council's 16-19 transport policy
Independent Travel Training helps young people (up to 24 years old) with special educational needs learn how to travel to school or college by public transport.
The training will help build the young person’s confidence in other aspects of their life such as:
- future job opportunities
- accessing new hobbies
- social skills.
Please see link below for further information:
There is no guarantee that a child with special educational needs, an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), a disability or mobility problems will receive free home to school transport provided by Kent County Council.
All children are assessed in accordance with KCC’s Transport guidance. Parents of children with special educational needs, an EHCP, a disability or mobility problems must therefore apply for free school transport in the same way as other parents.
Yes, there is a form on KCC website that you can download, or you can complete the online form. For either method see link below:
Primary school transport
If your child is at primary school and already receives free school transport, you do not need to reapply until your child moves to secondary school.
Secondary school transport
If your child is at secondary school and already receives free school transport, you do not need to apply to renew it. A new pass will automatically be sent to the school for the first day of each academic year until the end of year 11.
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools
If your child has SEN and attends a mainstream or special school, and already receives free school transport, you do not need to reapply unless your child moves to a new school.
Transport for low income families
If your child has been granted free school transport under the low income criteria, you will need to be reapply each year and KCC will send you a form to complete and return with the most up to date Inland Revenue TC 602 letter.