Free Travel Criteria

Following the Council's Budget Consultation at the beginning of the year, it was agreed that all discretionary home to school travel services would cease from September 2018.  These changes, whilst not implemented until September 2018, will impact on parents who may be eligible for transport in 2017/2018.  Parents may wish to consider the cost implications of paying for their child's transport as this may influence their preferences for September 2017.

Information regarding the decision for Nottinghamshire Faith Schools can be found below:

Free Travel Criteria

Following the Council’s Budget Consultation at the beginning of the year, it was agreed that all discretionary home to school travel services would cease from September 2018. For a child to have a statutory entitlement to free travel they will need to meet one of the following criteria from September 2018:

 

  • attend the nearest qualifying (i.e. catchment) school to their home address and live beyond the statutory walking distance (2 miles up to Year 3; 3 miles Years 4 to 11)
  • qualify under the low income criteria (i.e. are eligible for free school meals or receive maximum working tax credits):

Primary – attend their catchment or nearest available school and live beyond 2 miles

Secondary – attend one of the 3 nearest schools to the home address between 2 and 6 miles

Primary faith – attend their nearest suitable school on grounds of religion or belief between 2 and 20 miles from their home

Secondary faith - attend their nearest suitable school on grounds of religion or belief between 2 and 25 miles from their home

At the Minster School faith refers only to foundation places which are awarded according to our admissions criteria. 

From September 2018 under the new policy, children identified as not having a statutory entitlement will not be able to travel on County Council school transport as this will only be provided for statutory travellers. The Council will also no longer provide any discounted season passes for children to travel on commercial services, so all tickets will need to be purchased from the commercial operator.

In our estimation, the proposed plans could affect over 300 students who will not be able to access the authority bus provision to travel to or from school. In addition to our students in years 7-11, the new proposal will not allow Post 16 students to use this method of transport. In the coming weeks I will write with further specific details as to where the routes may be changed.

We are, of course, concerned about the potential implication of the proposed changes and are working with the local authority and the bus companies towards a solution. The new local authority policy is due to be implemented from September 2018 and as our work to find an appropriate way forward continues we will keep you up to date.