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If your child is starting high school in September 2017, and you want to apply for assistance with home to school transport, print off the 2017/2018 application form and the Information Leaflet
Please note 2017/2018 applications will only be processed at the end of the Summer Term 2017, once all the Independent Admissions Appeals have been heard.
All applications received by the 31st July 2017 will be processed for the start of the new academic year.
Applications will only be processed from households who pay their Council Tax to St Helens Council.
Applications will be processed in accordance with the Statutory Criteria and/or Low-Income Criteria. The right to express a preference for a school does not qualify you for assistance to that school if it is not the "nearest qualifying school".
If your child is attending the *nearest qualifying school with places and the **safest walking distance from your home to school is less than 3 miles or more, you may be entitled to a free bus pass for them.
*The Department of Education states that a qualifying school with places is a school that provides education appropriate to the age, ability and aptitude of the child.
**The measured walking route is one that an accompanied child may walk safely.
If your child is entitled to free school meals or you are in receipt of maximum Working Tax Credit, and your child is attending any of the three nearest schools, you may be entitled to a free bus pass if the safest walking distance from your home to school is between 2 miles and 6 miles.
If you child is attending a religious or faith school, you may be entitled to a bus pass if it is the nearest school between 2 miles and 15 miles.
If you would like further information you can contact the School Transport Team on 671033. A full copy of the Home to School Travel Assistance Policy is also available to download.
School Transport Team,
Merseyside WA9 1LD.
All completed applications are processed within 10 school days (unless your child is starting high school in September 2017 - see above). If your child does qualify for a bus pass you will be asked to send a current and appropriate passport sized photograph of your child to the School Transport Team. Once this is received you will be issued with a Solo Student bus pass which will be issued until the end of the school year.
A Solo pass can be used on any bus service travelling in the St Helens area.
If your child qualifies for bus pass under the Low Income Criteria and the school they are attending is not within the Merseyside area, you will be issues with an Arriva Student Bus Pass.
For details of bus timetables, log on to Merseytravel web page.
Please note if you move address or your child changes school you must notify the School Transport Team and return your bus pass immediately. A reassessment of your child's entitlement will be carried out and if they are still eligible for a bus pass, one will be sent to you. Failure to return the bus pass will result in you being invoiced for the cost of the bus pass, from the date your child becomes no longer eligible for a bus pass to the date the bus pass is returned.
Renewal applications will be sent during the summer term for the new academic year.
If you are refused a bus pass because you do not qualify under either the statutory criteria or low income criteria, or you want another form of transport assistance for your child, the Local Authority have a 2 stage review/appeals process.
Once you have received written notification that your child is not eligible for assistance with transport you will have 20 working days to submit a written request to have your application reviewed by the Principal Officer. Your review will be heard within 20 working days. A written response will be sent notifying you of the outcome.
If the original decision is upheld and assistance is not granted, you will be notified of your right to go to the Stage 2 - Appeals process. Whereby your application along with the review decision and any supplementary information will be considered by the Independent Transport Panel. You will have 20 working days from receipt of the review decision to make a written request. Once the request is received, the Panel will meet within 40 days to consider the information. You will then be notified in writing the outcome of the Panel.
Lost Bus Pass
If your child loses their bus pass, a replacement bus pass can be purchased from the School Transport Team. The cost of the bus pass depends on whether your child has been issued with a Solo Pass or an Arriva Pass. If you require a replacement bus pass contact the School Transport Team on 671033.
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