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If your child is unable to walk to school because of his/her mobility problems or because of associated health and safety issues related to their special educational needs or disability (SEND), and he/she is attending the nearest suitable provision, you may be entitled to assistance with transport.
Assistance can be any one of the following:
If your child is awarded travel assistance, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire form along with up-to-date contact details and forward it to the School Transport Team.
If it is appropriate for your child to be issued with 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 valid until the end of the school year.
A Solo pass can be used on any bus service travelling in the St Helens area.
For details of bus timetables, visit the Merseytravel website.
If it is appropriate for your child to travel on a hired service, you will be notified of the route number, Operator and Passenger Assistant details. You will be informed of an approximate pick-up time. It will be your responsibility to bring and collect your child from the vehicle. The Passenger Assistant is not allowed to get off the vehicle while there are other children on the route.
If you need to make any change to your child's transport arrangements, you will need to contact the School Transport Team on (01744) 671031 between 8.45am and 5.15pm (Mon - Thurs) and 8.45am and 5pm (Fri). Alternatively, you can contact the team on the out of hours mobile number, 07766 087222. This number will be answered from 7.30 until 8.45am in term time only but messages can be left from 5.20pm and during the weekend.
The Local Authority will pay for two return journeys per day at 28p per mile. A parental mileage form (which can be obtained from the School Transport Team) will need to be completed and a representative from their school will need to verify their attendance. The form needs to be returned on a monthly basis to:
School Transport Team
During the Summer Term you will be sent a medical and information questionnaire for you to complete and return to the School Transport Team before the end of term. If the form is not returned, it may result in transport not being available for the start of the new academic year.
Your child's transport requirements will be reviewed on a annual basis.
Further information is available on travel concessions.
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 two-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.
The Council has a legal responsibility to protect the data it collects. A copy of the School Transport Privacy Notice can be downloaded.