School Transport Statement
Cheshire East Transport provides transport to and from school for children who qualify under the current School Transport Policy. Below is a summary of the Policy, which is intended to act as a guide to parents/carers and is not a definitive statement. All pupils aged 4-16 who are in full time education are entitled to be considered within the policy.
The type of transport offered under this Policy is at Cheshire East Transport’s discretion and may take the form of public transport, private contract services or rail services. Cycle grants are available upon request as an alternative to a travel pass (currently £80 per year). Cash grants and mileage allowances are not normally available and can only be considered where there is no suitable transport provision.
The Policy is generally based on the distance to the local (catchment) school. Parents / carers should be aware that whilst they have the right to express a preference for their child to attend another school, any travelling arrangements or expenses will be their responsibility. If you are not certain which is the catchment school for your area then please visit the Schools Admissions webpage.
Summary of Policy
Cheshire East Transport will provide assisted home to school transport under the following circumstances:
(a) Where a pupil attends the local or closest available school and the distance by the shortest available walking route exceeds two miles (primary school) or three miles (secondary school). The local school is defined as the school in which catchment area the pupil lives.
(b) Pupils may qualify where the route to the local school is less than the statutory distance but has been assessed by Cheshire East Transport as unavailable. Please note that it is the responsibility of a parent / carer to arrange for their child to be accompanied to / from school by a responsible person and all routes are assessed on this basis.
(c) Secondary School pupils only: For families in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits listed below, there may be help with transport for those pupils who are attending one of the three nearest secondary schools that is between two and six miles of the home address (or between two and fifteen miles for a denominational secondary school).
- Free School Meals
- Income Support
- Income Based Employment Support Allowance (but not contribution based)
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (but not contribution based)
- Child Tax Credit (annual income must not exceed £16,190)
- Maximum level of Working Families Tax Credits
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
(d) Pupils with special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND) who live more than the statutory walking distance from a qualifying school or college or less than the statutory distance but the pupil has been identified by the local authority as having a specific qualifying need as set out in the School Transport Policy.