The following information applies to applications for the 2013/14 academic year.
Post-16 transport is available for students between the ages of 16 and 19. The application process differs depending on whether a student has been in receipt of a statement of special educational needs (SEN) up to and including the age of 16. All students are required to apply for post-16 transport by completing the relevant application form.
Students who have never had a statement of SEN
You can apply for Post 16 transport Assistance from Essex County Council if you have never had a statement of special educational needs and you are:
- Under 19 at the beginning of the academic year (1 September)
- Attending a full time course at a school, sixth form or college
- Living over three miles away from the school/college you have chosen
- Attending the nearest maintained establishment at which the course, or the majority of the course, is offered. The majority of the course means 50% or more; for example, in the case of A/AS levels, 2 out of 3 or 2 out of 4.
There is a charge for transport for students in school years 12 and upwards. The charge is set at £510 for the 2013/14 academic year.
You may be entitled to have the charge waived if you are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits. For more information, please refer to our application and guidance form.
Students who have a current or have previously had a statement of SEN
If you currently have a statement of special educational needs (SEN), your statement will continue beyond age 16 if you are staying on at your Special Educational Needs school.
As a post-16 student, your transport needs will be re-assessed and, if you are still entitled to transport, the appropriate transport for your individual needs will be identified.
You will no longer have a Statement of SEN if you have decided to move onto college.
There is a charge for transport for students in school years 12 and upwards. The charge is set at £510 for the academic year 2013/14.
You may be entitled to have the charge waived if you are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits. For more information, please refer to the guidance notes accompanying the application form.
If you would like a copy of the application form and guidance notes, please call the Education Transport and Awards team.