The transport provided will depend on the type of school
your child attends. If your child is offered a place at a mainstream (foundation, community or voluntary-controlled) or (voluntary-aided faith) primary or secondary school, they could be entitled to free or assisted home to school transport. For further details please visit the relevant page below.
Raising of Participation Age
Young people who left school in the summer of 2013 are required to remain in education or training until the end of the academic year they turn 17. Young people in Year 11 or below are required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday
. Despite this, there has been no change to the national policy for the provision of home to school transport.
For post-16 students, the provision of transport remains a discretionary award for local authorities.
Essex County Council will continue to make transport available to all post-16 students (including those with special educational needs) who qualify for assistance.
My child is attending a:
Other choices include driving
your child to school and possible spare seats
on existing transport.
Information for young people
If you are a young person and would like to know about different ways to travel, we have lots of information to help you choose a way that suits you.
Here are some options:
Travelling to school
Please note: The county council only provides transport for full-time students. Where a child is starting school and attending part time, parents are required to make their own arrangements. Eligible children may use the morning or afternoon transport service if they wish. Lunchtime transport is not provided.
When travelling to and from school it is important parents and children are aware of appropriate pupil behaviour. For entitled children, please refer to our transport guidance page
for answers to frequently asked questions and information about roles and responsibilities.