We provide transport to mainstream schools, special schools and colleges for over 6,000 pupils, between four and 19 years of age. This figure is around 17% of the county’s total school population.
By law, we must provide free transport to eligible pupils up to the age of 16 and to those attending special schools. If your child is over 16 and attending their designated post-16 college, you're expected to contribute to transport costs. There's also a scheme to provide free or assisted transport for parents on low income.
Following the introduction of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, all local authorities must produce a "sustainable modes of travel to school" strategy. This document sets out how we propose to encourage greater use of healthier and less polluting modes of travel to school. It reviews work already in hand and identifies what still needs to be done. The strategy was first published in 2007 and has been updated annually, with the latest available being the 2016 version.