Home to school travel

Post 16 transport policy statement

The Post 16 Transport Policy statement (The Statement) provides a summary of the Council’s policy on post 16 travel assistance for students with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and includes a range of information about what support is available locally or nationally for post 16 students, for example, where to access information about concessionary fares, passes and travel cards, or bursaries and support for vulnerable students.

The Statement for 2017 /2018 academic year was published on 31 May 2017 

Guidance is published by the Department for Education, which refers to the purpose and content of a post 16 statement.

Home to school travel policy

You can read the home to school travel policy (PDF, 722KB), which  sets out the criteria used to determine if a child or young person is eligible to receive travel assistance from the Council. This policy includes information on:

  • who is eligible to receive assistance with home to school travel
  • what travel provision will be considered
  • travel assistance appeals and complaints.

Further information on school travel and transport.

Sustainable modes of travel strategy (SMOTS)

Local authorities are under a statutory duty under the Education Act 1996 to promote the use of sustainable travel and transport to and from institutions where education or training is delivered. The duty applies to children and young people of compulsory school age (5-16) who travel to receive education or training in the Local Authority’s area. 

National research shows that developing more sustainable alternatives to the use of the single occupancy car for home to school transport provides benefits to the environment and to children’s  and young people’s well-being, including improved fitness, road safety skills and an increased sense of independence.

Read more about school travel planning and the various initiatives that schools can use to promote sustainable school travel, including information about walking buses, park and stride, and other options.

The Department for Education guidance for local authorities on their home to school travel duties and the purpose of a sustainable modes of travel strategy.

Preparing a new sustainable modes of travel strategy

We are in the process of assessing home to school travel and transport needs. Surveys have been undertaken to look at how children travel to school and we are reviewing school travel plans prepared by Cheshire East schools.

We would like to thank you for taking part in our surveys, which closed on 31 May.  The information gathered from these surveys and school travel plan audits will be reviewed to prepare a strategy for the Council. Once this strategy is prepared, consultation on its content will be undertaken. 

Available Walking Routes

Parents are responsible for ensuring their children get to and from school at the appropriate time each day. However, where the nature of the route to school is such that the child cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school in reasonable safety, even when accompanied by a responsible person, local authorities are required by law to make the necessary travel arrangements. The Local Authority deems these routes ‘unavailable’.

More information about available walking routes and any related assessments.