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  Travel to school

9 March 2015

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.
The council’s full Education Transport Policy sets out the criteria for home to school and college transport.  

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.
For more information about the raising of participation age, visit the Department of Education.

My child is attending a: 


Your child may qualify for transport assistance if he or she has special educational needs.
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.
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