Transport assistance for students aged 16 – 19

To request school transport for September 2015 the application process will open on 1st June 2015, the deadline for on time applications is 17th July 1015. Application forms are available below.

Consultation on Home to School Transport

Warwickshire County Council needs to make overall savings of around £92m by 2018. Each year, the Council spends around £15 million per year on home to school transport. The savings target allocated to this area of work as part of the One Organisational Plan is £3.7m.

As a local authority we currently provide free or assisted transport to certain groups of children with no legal entitlement to such support. The current cost of the discretionary element of our transport provision is at least £2.9 million. This includes our Vacant Seats and Post 16 schemes that generate around £1.2 million of income per year.

In a time of diminishing resources we do not believe this level of subsidy is sustainable going forward. Warwickshire County Council is therefore considering a number of changes to the current Home to School Transport Policy. These are as follows:

1) Transport to Grammar Schools
2) Charging Policy
3) Walking Routes to School
4) Direct Payments
5) Transport to Special Schools
6) Transport to Specialist Nursery Provision
7) Exam Year Move Transport
8) Emergency Address Change Transport
9) 16-19 Medical Transport
10) Transport to Respite Care

The changes we are proposing would save a maximum of £1.6 million depending on the options chosen.

A consultation into the proposed changes runs from 23 June 2015 until midnight on 17 September 2015.

Full details of the consultation and a questionnaire for you to complete can be found here.

Transport Policy Statement – 2015/16

Local authorities have a duty to prepare and publish an annual transport policy statement for learners of sixth form age. The statement must specify the arrangements for the provision of transport or otherwise that the authority considers necessary to facilitate the attendance of all persons of this age receiving education or training.

Comments on Warwickshire’s Transport Policy Statement were invited between Wednesday 22 April and Friday 22 May 2015. No comments were received.

Warwickshire’s final Transport Policy Statement for 2015/16 can be found here.

Raising the participation age (RPA)

The Government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training – until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from summer 2013 and until their 18th birthday from summer 2015. Raising the Participation Age (RPA) does not mean that young people must stay in school and they will be able to participate through three options.

  • Full-time education – whether at a school, college or otherwise.
  • Work based learning such as an apprenticeship.
  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week.

Free transport will not be available to young people over the age of 16 continuing in education or training but Warwickshire is well served by a public transport network and the Council also provides a number of dedicated services to schools and colleges.

Commercial services

A large number of commercial bus services are available that serve school sixth forms / colleges and further education colleges.

For travel information, contact us:

Email: busservices@warwickshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01926 412929

Address:
Transport Operations
Communities Group
PO Box 43
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4SX

To purchase tickets to travel on these services, contact operators directly. Operators provide a variety of different passes ranging from weekly to annual. Some companies offer complete flexibility to travel at any time of the day, often including weekends and holidays. The operator concerned will be able to give you exact details of the options available.

Warwickshire County Council services

Warwickshire County Council also operates a network of vehicles providing access to schools and colleges. In many cases it is possible for students over the age of 16 to purchase a pass to travel on these vehicles.

For travel information, contact us:

Email: busservices@warwickshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01926 412929

Address:
Transport Operations
Communities Group
PO Box 43
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4SX

Annual or termly passes are available and there is also the option to purchase an annual pass by standing order. These passes are only valid for one return journey per day at the times stated.

Please note that passes for Warwickshire County Council services cannot be collected in person and applications must be made using the form found to the right of this page. Completed forms must then be sent to Education Transport at Saltisford Office Park. The full postal address can be found on the application form.

Travel allowances

If a suitable Warwickshire County Council or public transport does not operate near to a your home, an annual travel allowance of £110 (or £220 if the student is from a low-income family) is available.

In order to qualify:

  • you need to be attending the nearest school sixth form, college, or other training provider to home which offers the course studied;
  • the distance from home to the nearest bus-stop / pick-up point needs to be more than two miles.

You can spend the allowance in whatever way best meets your transport needs. We recommend sustainable solutions such as cycle purchase / training.

Travel on commercial service and Warwickshire County Council service for the same journey

If your journey to college means that you need to travel on a commercial service and a Warwickshire County Council service then you should apply to Warwickshire County Council and we will arrange to supply you with the necessary passes. You will need to pay Warwickshire County Council.

Apply for transport

If you are planning to study at a school sixth form, transport is normally provided by Warwickshire County Council. If you require travel information you should contact Transport Operations, using the contact details found to the right of this page.

If you are planning to study at a Sixth Form College or Further Education College in Warwickshire then the following tables will show you who to purchase tickets from, depending on where you live, and where you are studying. If you need help in planning your journey or are still unsure as to who you should apply to for transport, contact Transport Operations using the contact details found to the right of this page.

Warwickshire College Bus Route

Stratford College Bus Routes

North Warwickshire Hinckley College Bus Routes 2013 (pdf, 109Kb)

General queries regarding policy and applications

Education Transport
People Group
Saltisford Office Park
Ansell Way
Warwick
CV34 4UL

Telephone 01926 412929

Email educationtransport@warwickshire.gov.uk

Queries regarding routes and the payment of travel allowances

Transport Operations
Communities Group
PO Box 43
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4SX

Telephone 01926 412929 for information on routes

Telephone 01926 412134 for queries regarding the payment of travel allowances

Email busservices@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwickshire College Financial Support Arrangements

Students attending Warwickshire College may be entitled to up to 100 % support towards transport costs subject to eligibility criteria being met. Further Information is available from the Warwickshire College Website

All enquiries should be directed to Warwickshire College Student Services on 01926 318049 or Email pshepherd@warkscol.ac.uk

More information can be found on the following page: www.warwickshire.ac.uk

Further education and sixth form colleges in Warwickshire

Commercial operators

Operator Contact details
Stagecoach Tel: 01604 676060
www.stagecoachbus.com
Arriva Tel: 0844 800 4411
www.arrivabus.co.uk
National Express West Midlands
(formerly Travel West Midlands)
Tel: 0121 254 6363
www.nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands

Transport assistance for students aged 16 – 19 was last updated on July 17, 2015.