Shropshire Council

Introduction to school/college transport

All applications for travel assistance for September 2023 will need to be received by 30 June 2023 at the latest.

For nursery and post 16 students all students in these age groups need to apply annually for travel assistance.

Any applications received after 30 June 2023 will still be processed but transport may not be set up for the start of the academic year and parents / carers will need to make their own transport arrangements in the interim.

If you have any questions or queries, please email the Specialist Travel team.

For full details and how to apply please visit our travel and transport pages.

We have a statutory duty to support parents/carers with home-to-school travel assistance for those pupils of compulsory school age (5-16) who have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care plan (EHCP), and although there is not duty to provide assistance for discretionary areas (0-4 and post 16-19) we currently offer assistance for this area within a contribution scheme.

The scheme is intended to promote positive outcomes for pupils/students and parents/carers through transport offers which encourage independence where possible. We assess every child on their individual needs. Statutory obligations that apply to school transport derive from the Education and Inspections Act 2006, (in particular section 508 A-F and schedule 35B), and the Department of Education Home to School Travel and Transport statutory guidance.

It's helpful for parents to be aware that we must operate within procurement rules, and contracts will be tendered, reviewed or changed. We aim to work with parents to prepare passengers for any change that may occur, and ensure a smooth transition. While we have this responsibility, it's the responsibility of all parents/carers to:

  • Ensure that their child/children attend school regularly
  • Promote confidence for independent travel