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Home to school transport

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 travel assistance between home and school. You can find out more on this page.

A copy of the home to school transport policy, home to school transport appeals policy, application forms, frequently asked questions, and other information can be found in the 'Downloads and more information' section below.

Special educational need or disability (SEND) home to school travel support

If your child has a special educational need or disability (SEND) or has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), they may be eligible for travel support to their education setting.

If your child will be getting home to school travel assistance for the first time, our SEND team will speak to an Independent Needs Assessor. We'll then contact you as soon as possible to explain what kind of travel assistance your child will get.

If your child currently gets SEND home to school travel assistance, and this will be continuing from September 2024 onwards, we'll contact you with any updates about their travel assistance during July or August 2024. We'll write to you at the address we currently have on our records.

If you have any questions about your child's SEND travel assistance please get in touch by emailing transport@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Education and Inspections Act travel support

2023/2024 school year

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Please note - from September 2023, eligible students at The Kings Academy will only be offered travel assistance in the form of refunding fares. There are no designated home to school coaches to operate for mainstream school.

New applications 2023/2024

You can get information about eligibility and how to apply for new home to school travel assistance for the academic year 2023/2024 in the how to apply for travel assistance (new) 2023/2024 document.

Once you've read the guidance, use the EIA application form (new) 2023-2024 to apply.

We aim to initially assess your application within 20 working days of receiving it, if it includes all the information we need. For example, evidence that your child is eligible, a photograph of your child, etc. The application form has more information about what you need to include in your application.

It's your responsibility as a parent, carer, or guardian to make sure your child attends school.

2024/2025 school year

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New applications 2024/2025

You can get information about eligibility and how to apply for new home to school travel assistance for the academic year 2024/2025 in the how to apply for travel assistance (new) 2024/2025 document.

Once you've read the guidance, use the EIA application form (new) 2024-2025 to apply.

This information and application form are for all new applicants who did not get travel support during 2023/2024.

We aim to initially assess your application within 20 working days of receiving it, if it includes all the information we need. For example, evidence that your child is eligible, a photograph of your child, etc. The application form has more information about what you need to include in your application.

You must send your application to us by Friday 31 May 2024 to make sure your child's support is in place for the start of the September 2024 term.

It's your responsibility as a parent, carer, or guardian to make sure your child attends school.

Renewal applications 2024/2025

If you're applying to renew your child's existing travel support, you live in Middlesbrough, and your child's home is where you live, apply using the EIA application form 2024/2025 Year 8-11 renewal form.

Information about eligibility and how to apply to renew home to school travel assistance for the academic year 2024/2025 is available in the how to apply for travel assistance 2024/2025 - renewal document.