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Special Education Needs

Home to school transport

As a parent, you're legally responsible for making sure your child attends school. In some cases, we (the council) can offer some pupils help with travel between home and school.

Eligibility

Your child may qualify for home to school travel assistance if they:

  • live too far away from their nearest eligible school to walk (primary age pupils who live more than 2 miles from their nearest eligible school, or secondary age pupils who live more than 3 miles from their nearest eligible school)
  • can't walk to school because there is no suitable safe walking route
  • can't walk to school because of a special need, disability, or mobility problem
  • are from a low income family (where the pupil is entitled to free school meals or parents receive the maximum level of Working Tax Credit), where a preference has been expressed to attend a school other than the nearest available school, and that school is over 2 miles away, and is one of the 3 closest schools

Support provided

If your application for travel assistance is approved, we'll tell you what type of assistance your child will get. This can vary, and may include a bus pass for a dedicated school bus, or money paid every term to cover the cost of getting public transport.

For some pupils attending special schools or support bases in mainstream schools, we will contract taxi operators or minibus suppliers to provide the home to school transport.

How to apply - 2019-2020

If you think your child may qualify for transport assistance, please complete the 'EIA application form 2019-2020' and return it to act@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Please make sure you use the right application form for your child's year group in academic year 2019-2020.

How to apply - 2020-2021

If you think your child may qualify for transport assistance, please complete the 'EIA application form 2020-2021' below, and return it to act@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Please make sure you use the right application form for your child's year group in academic year 2020-2021, and complete it fully, including the school they are to attend.​

Year 7 - academic year 2020 to 2021

Application forms for Year 7 pupils need to be completed and returned by Friday 12 June 2020, so we can process your application for the start of the academic year 2020-2021.

Please note, any application forms which are incomplete after Friday 12 June 2020 may not be processed in time for the start of the academic year 2020-2021. 

Complete the EIA application form 2020-2021 - Year 7.

Years 8 to 11 - academic year 2020 to 2021

Application forms for pupils in Years 8 to 11 need to be completed and returned by Friday 15 May 2020, so we can process your application for the start of the academic year 2020-2021.

Please note, any application forms which are incomplete after Friday 15 May 2020 may not be processed in time for the start of the academic year 2020-2021. 

Complete the EIA application form 2020-2021 - Years 8 to 11.

An application may take up to 8 weeks to be processed, from the date we receive it (complete, with all evidence). To be complete, an application must include all required evidence of eligibility.

If your application does not include the necessary evidence, it will not be processed and will be returned to you. This may delay any travel assistance we offer, even if you resubmit your application and it's approved.

We assess eligibility for home to school travel assistance every year. You must submit a new application form every academic year.

If you have any questions about home to school transport assistance, please email act@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Contact

Integrated Transport Unit
Email: act@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Post:
Integrated Transport Unit
Ground Floor
Resolution House
Cargo Fleet Lane
Middlesbrough
TS3 8AL

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm


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