Help with travel costs for 16+ with special or medical needs

Post 16 School Transport

If you are a student, aged 16 or over, have a special educational need or other medical condition which would prevent you walking or travelling on public transport, we may be able to provide assistance with transport.

Who Qualifies?

You may be able to get help if you are over compulsory school age and

  • are under the age of 19 at the start of the academic year (1 September) or you commenced your current course before you were aged 19 and are continuing on the same course, and
  • are registered at a school or college and attending a full time course for at least 450 hours per academic year, over three terms (approximately 12 hours per week)  and
  • studying a further education course.
  • have a special educational need or other medical condition which would prevent them walking or travelling on public transport.

Educational Setting

Assistance will be provided for a student to attend their nearest school or college offering the chosen course of study within the City of Plymouth Boundary.

Assistance will be provided for a student to attend an educational setting outside Plymouth if this is the nearest setting offering the chosen course of study.

Transport will be provided:

  • Up to the end of the academic year in which you reach the age of 21 providing you start your course before your nineteenth birthday
  • At normal school/college start and finish times (unless there’s exceptional circumstances)

Apply for Post 16 Transport

Who Doesn't Qualify under this policy?

Students who commence a course after their 19th birthday will not qualify for assistance under this policy – please see the Post-19 section below and post-19 policy.

Post 19 Transport

Who qualifies?

If you are a student, aged 19 or over and under the age of 25 at the start of the academic year (1 September) and are commencing a new course of study, we may be able to provide assistance with transport if all the following criteria are met:

  • The learner has an EHCP that is maintained, and attending either:
    • a further education setting
    • a setting maintained or assisted by the LA and providing further or higher education (or both)
    • a setting outside the further and higher education sectors, where the Authority has secured education or training and boarding accommodation for that learner
  • the setting’s provision must be an essential requirement to fulfil the learning outcomes identified in the learner’s EHCP
  • the learner is unable due to his or her disability and/or learning difficulty to walk or use public transport independently

Educational Setting

Assistance will be provided for a student to attend their nearest educational setting offering the chosen course of study within the City of Plymouth Boundary.

Assistance will be provided for a student to attend a setting outside Plymouth if this is the nearest setting offering the chosen course of study or the Authority has secured education or training and boarding accommodation for the learner.

Please contact the school transport office on 01752 308770 to request an application form.

Appeals Process

If your school transport application has been refused, you have the right to appeal.  The appeal procedure is a two stage process consisting of a Review and an Appeal.

Stage one – Review 

  • A request for a review must be submitted within 20 working days of the date of the refusal letter.
  • The written request should detail why you believe the decision should be reviewed and give details of any personal and/or family exceptional circumstances you believe should be considered.
  • Within 20 working days of receipt of your written request a Senior Transport Officer will review the original decision and send you a written notification of the outcome of their review, this will include the decision reached; how the review was conducted; information about other departments and/or agencies that were consulted as part of the process; what factors were considered and the rationale for the decision reached.  If the review is refused the letter will also confirm how to appeal against the decision.

Stage two – Full Appeal 

  • You have 20 working days from receipt of the local authority’s review decision notification to make a written request to escalate the matter to the appeal.
  • Within 40 working days of receipt of your request an independent appeal panel of 3 Senior Officers (independent of the original decision) will consider written and verbal representations from both the parent and officers involved in the case.   
  • Within 5 working days of the appeal panel hearing a written notification of the outcome of their appeal will be sent to you; this will include the decision reached; how the appeal was conducted; it will confirm if other departments and/or agencies were consulted as part of the process; what information were considered; and the rationale for the decision reached. 
  • If the appeal is refused, the letter will also confirm your right to put the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman

City College Plymouth offer a half hourly shuttle bus service to and from the city centre and the college main sites. Students can use the bus free of charge with their college ID card. This service is a low floor disabled access vehicle. Contact the college for more details and a bus timetable.

Plymouth College of Art offer some assistance with travel costs, contact the college for more details.

If you're on a low income you may be eligible for extra assistance from our Access Bursary Fund.

Contact the SEND School Transport Team:

Email: school.transport@plymouth.gov.uk

Telephone: 01752 308770 office open 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday