You may be entitled to free transport getting your child (of compulsory school age*) to a qualifying** school if:
- your child has special educational needs, a disability or mobility problems
- the route your child will take to school is unsafe
- you live beyond the statutory walking distance
- you are on a low income
* Compulsory school age starts the term after your child's 5th Birthday, and ends the last Friday in June of the academic year in which they turn 16.
** A qualifying school is a maintained, an academy (a free school is a type of academy), a pupil referral unit or an Independent school named in an Education, Health and Care plan. An exception would be where the local authority consider there is a suitable school which is nearer to you.
(a full definition can be found in the Education Act 1996 - Schedule 35B)
Follow these links to national organisations to find out more about eligibility and entitlement:
IPSEA (national charity offering independent legally based information, advice and support)
Contact (for families with disabled children)