School transport policy

It is council policy that under Section 509 (1) of the Education Act 1996 free transport will be granted to pupils aged five years or over and under statutory school leaving age who are resident in the borough and who come within one of the following categories:

  • pupils aged five to seven who live more than two miles walking distance from the nearest suitable school
  • pupils aged eight or over who live more than three miles walking distance from the nearest suitable school

We use an accurate method of measuring the distance between home and school along the shortest possible safe walking route. If you disagree with the outcome of this part of the assessment, you are entitled to query our decision. If you wish to enquire, please contact Pupil and Parent Services.

Assistance is not usually available for children under 16 because they are exempt from paying a fare for public transport.

Applications for assistance with travel must be made annually. If your child is successful in receiving such support at the beginning of Year 11 (when GCSEs are normally taken), he or she will normally continue to receive assistance until the end of the academic year.

The term 'suitable school' has a legal meaning in the 1996 Education Act and for the purpose of travel policy all maintained schools in Brent are considered suitable.

Please note the council will help with the wish of a parent to send their child to a particular school which provides religious education of a particular religion or denomination to which the parent adheres.

SEND travel assistance

Assistance with travel expenses

Under Section 509 (3) of the Education Act 1996 the authority has the power to provide assistance with travel expenses in cases that are not covered in the paragraphs above. This power is completely discretionary and will normally only be exercised in cases of exceptional hardship.

Where pupils are eligible for support, payments made will cover the purchase of the most economical method of transport, usually a bus pass.

Holders of '5-16 photocards' can travel free on bus and tram link services at all times. The council will not pay for travel where a pupil qualifies for free transport.