Post-16 travel assistance
If you're a student over the age of 16 in full time education, we may be able to provide assistance with transport.
You may qualify for school travel assistance if you are:
- aged 16 to 18
- in full time-education (12 hours or more a week)
- living more than 3 miles away from your nearest school or further education establishment
All students who are entitled to school travel assistance will need to contribute £600 a year towards the costs of their transport.
Charges apply to all students whether they are attending mainstream, special or specialist post-16 education provisions, independent schools or further education colleges and other suitable training establishments.
The only exceptions are if:
Parents or carers in receipt of one of the following will qualify as low income:
- Income Support
- child entitled to free school meals
- Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190
- guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit
For 16 to 18 year olds meeting these criteria, the cost is £300 a year.
The cost will be free of charge where parents or carers of a 16 to 18 year old student qualify on the grounds of low income (as listed above) and the young person:
- has an education, health and care (EHC) plan which necessitates travel assistance
- is attending their nearest suitable further education setting which is named in the EHC
- lives within the administrative boundary of Northamptonshire and more than 3 miles from their nearest suitable educational establishment
We will, in the first instance, explore whether a parent or carer will provide transport and be remunerated for their fuel costs, if the student is eligible.
Free travel assistance will be provided to a young adult learner (not being a person of sixth form age) where:
- the local authority has secured the provision of education or training and the provision of boarding accommodation for an adult learner aged under 25
- they are subject to an EHC plan
- it is considered necessary to facilitate that person’s attendance at the place of education or training
This policy does not relate to young adults who are not in education or training and who do not have an education, health and care plan. Information about transport provision for other young adults can be obtained from the Adult Social Services website.
We continue to encourage the participation in education and training by those over compulsory school age but under 19 and those aged 19 to 25 with an EHC plan. However, young adult learners would be expected to meet the cost of travel between home and the provider at which they are receiving education or training except in the circumstances as above.
How to apply
We will only transport to educational settings at the beginning and end of a typical academic day.
If you are applying for travel assistance for a student with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), please complete the following form:
This includes students of sixth form age and young adult learners, subject to an Education, Health and Care plan.
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1. Legal and policy framework
1.1 The requirements placed on a local authority are defined in the Education Act 1996 (as amended), Education and Skills Act 2008, Education and Inspections Act 2006, Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 and the Equality Act 2012.
These Acts require that:
- (1) A local authority shall prepare for each academic year a transport policy statement.
- (2) The statement shall specify the arrangements for the provision of transport or otherwise that the authority consider it necessary to make for facilitating the attendance of persons of sixth form age, receiving education or training at:
(a) A school
(b) A college of further education
(c) An authority maintained or assisted institution providing further education
(d) An establishment supported by the Education Funding Agency
(e) A learning provider funded by the authority to deliver accredited programmes of learning which lead to a positive outcome
- (3) This requires the authority to have regard to the need to include sufficient information in their transport statement and the need to publish the statement in good time, so that young people and their parents are able to take account of these matters when choosing an establishment.
- (4) The Statement shall specify the arrangements that the authority consider it necessary to make for the provision of financial assistance in respect of the reasonable travelling expenses of persons of sixth form age, receiving education or training at any establishment such as is mentioned in subsection (2).
- (5) The Statement shall also provide information about the travel provision put in place for young adult learners aged 19 to 25 in respect of whom the authority have carried out a learning difficulty assessment (LDA) or have issued an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
1.2 The Department for Education 2014 Post-16 transport to education and training (February 2014) advises that local authorities should not differentiate between providers or institutions in the arrangements it provides to support students in facilitating their attendance in education or training.
1.3 In preparing this Policy Statement, North Northamptonshire Council (‘the Authority’) is mindful of the new requirements under the Education and Skills Act 2008, which are as follows: Raising the Participation Age From 2015 all young people are required to continue in learning or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18. Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean that young people must stay in school; they will be able to choose one of the following choices:
- full-time education, such as school, FE college or home education
- apprenticeships, work-based learning
- part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for at least 20 hours a week.
2.1 Whilst there is no legal duty to provide free transport to all post-16 students, the scheme operating under this policy recognises that the Authority needs to support all young people, including those from low income families and those with learning difficulties and / or disabilities.
2.2 The Authority has established a Transport Partnership in which the key stakeholders involved in the provision of education or training for students aged 16 or over, work collaboratively in supporting students and their transport arrangements.
3. The Principles of the 2022 to 2023 Policy and Transport Scheme Students of sixth-form age
Sixth Form age is defined as being a person receiving education or training at an establishment and he / she is over compulsory school age but is under the age of 19 or has begun a particular course at the establishment before attaining the age of 19 and continues to attend that course.
3.1 The principles in which the policy is founded remain broadly the same as in previous years and are set out below, including the requirement for entitled students to pay a contribution towards their transport costs.
3.2 The arrangements under this policy are that all students who are entitled to support contribute £600 per annum towards the costs of their transport. Where a student qualifies under grounds of low income then the contribution by the student will be 50% (£300 per annum). This charging structure will apply to all students travelling on transport provided by the Council whether attending NCC mainstream or special / specialist post-16 education provision, independent schools or FE colleges and other suitable training establishments.
Where transport services are provided by a commercial service or by the educational establishment themselves, you will be signposted to those services. Please note that fares and concessions on these services may be different to those provided by the Council under this policy.
3.3 Where a student qualifies on grounds of low income and who also has a learning difficulty or disability, which necessitates transport assistance, then transport will be provided free of charge.
3.4 In cases where there are 2 or more siblings within a household who are both in Post-16 education and who are entitled to support under this policy, then consideration will be given for a discount for each additional sibling or, in some cases, the additional sibling could receive free transport. Each case will be considered on its own merits.
3.5 The Authority will, in the first instance, explore whether a parent or carer will provide transport and be remunerated for their fuel costs, if the student is eligible. The Authority will also take receipt of 16 to 19 bursary funding into account in assessing an individual’s need for financial help with transport. Where a person receives a benefit to facilitate their mobility needs (e.g. Disability Living Allowance, where this includes the higher rate mobility element) the Authority may explore whether this can be used to support their transport needs to and from education or training for which a mileage rate will be paid. Each case will be considered on its own merits.
3.6 Support for the provision of transport will be considered for students of sixth form age i.e. a student who is over compulsory school age, but below 19, or in exceptional circumstances a student who has begun a particular course of education or training before they reached 19 and continues to attend that course. Please note that where the student becomes 19 years of age during their course, transport assistance will cease at the end of the academic year in which the 19th birthday falls.
3.7 Students of sixth form age must be enrolled on a full-time education course, scheduled to provide at least 540 hours of guided learning annually. Exceptional circumstances may arise, where a student has, for example, had to take a break in learning due to medical needs and is unable to meet the minimum number of study hours.
3.8 The Authority does not provide support for transport assistance for part-time courses; higher education; or non-state funded education, unless these have been agreed and arranged by the Authority.
3.9 Where a school / college or parent have been making their own transport arrangements, the Authority will not agree to pay these costs retrospectively.
4. Eligibility criteria for support
4.1 Students may be entitled to receive appropriate support providing the distance between their home address and place of study is more than 3 miles. The distance between a student’s home and place of study will be measured by the shortest available walking route (see Appendix 1 ‘Safety of Walking Routes’).
4.2 Students who live within 3 miles of their nearest or designated school, college or nearest training provider will not normally receive support with transport unless there are exceptional circumstances which mean the student is unable to travel independently or with assistance from a parent, guardian or carer. Consideration will be given by the Authority to the nature of a student’s learning difficulty and / or disability on a case by case basis. Wherever possible, independent travel will be promoted for all students including students with learning difficulties and / or disabilities.
4.3 Support for transport will normally only be provided to the student’s nearest or designated school, suitable college or training provider. Consideration may be given to a setting outside of the Authority’s border and also where a student or their parent, guardian or carer expresses a wish for an alternative school, FE college or training provider on the grounds of religion or belief.
4.4 The transport that will be available for eligible students is one return journey home to their main place of study at the beginning and end of each day during term time only.
4.5 Students using transport services funded as part of this scheme will be expected to make their way to the nearest pick up point up to 1 mile away from the home address or destination, unless the route is not deemed suitable or cannot reasonably be undertaken due to a student’s learning difficulty and / or disability. The definition of a suitable route will be the same as that used in determining suitable routes of children of statutory school age.
4.6 All students eligible for support under this scheme and who live over 3 miles from their place of study can apply for a grant for the provision of a bicycle (including a small maintenance allowance) for the primary purpose of travelling to and from their place of study. Students who successfully apply and receive this grant will be deemed to have been provided with satisfactory support for transport for the entire duration of their course. Cycle training will be provided, where requested.
4.7 The Authority will administer the scheme in conjunction with schools, FE colleges and training providers and will ensure that the scheme does not differentiate between institutions and providers. It is acknowledged that the FE colleges already invest significant resources in providing post-16 transport support alongside the Authority’s contribution.
4.8 A scheme offering independent travel training to students with learning difficulties and / or disabilities will be explored, working in conjunction with parents, students, schools, FE colleges and training providers.
4.9 Parents, guardians or carers of eligible students will be encouraged to provide transport for which a mileage allowance will be payable.
4.10 The partners of this policy recognise that it is the parents’ and / or students’ responsibility for ensuring attendance at a school, FE college or training provider.
4.11 If a student plans to attend/is attending one of the FE colleges in North Northamptonshire, the student must make a transport application directly to the FE College.
4.12 An exception is made for those students with an EHCP who are attending Tresham College and all students attending FE Colleges which are outside of Northamptonshire’s administrative boundary. These students must apply to The Home to School Transport team by using the application form.
4.13 How the charging scheme works for students of sixth form age.
Families on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits may be entitled to a reduction in the charge for transport. Reductions in the charging scheme for students who are eligible for transport support are determined as follows: Low income Student must:
- i. reside within the administrative boundary of North Northants;
- ii. reside more than 3 miles from their nearest suitable educational establishment or training provider; and
- iii. have parents / legal guardian (or who are themselves) in receipt of one of the following benefits:
• Universal Credit
• Income Support
• Income based Jobseekers Allowance;
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190;
• Guaranteed element of state pension credit;
• Receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit.
• Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
• Entitled to free school meals
4.14 Charging scheme for Students with Learning difficulties and / or disabilities
The Student must:
- i. reside within the administrative boundary of North Northants
- ii. have an Education, Health and Care plan
- iii. reside more than 3 miles from their nearest suitable educational establishment or training provider or for students living under this distance, the need for transport support will be assessed according to the students’ learning needs and / or disabilities
- iv. be attending their nearest suitable school, FE college or training provider.
The arrangements in accordance with this policy are that all students of sixth form age who are eligible for support contribute £600 per annum towards their transport costs. Where a student qualifies on the grounds of low income then the contribution by the student will be 50% (£300 per annum). Where this applies and the student also has an Education and Health Care Plan, which necessitates transport assistance, then this will be provided free of charge.
In cases where there are 2 or more siblings within a household who are both in Post-16 education and who are entitled to support under this policy, then consideration will be given for a further discount for each additional sibling or, in some cases, the additional sibling may receive free transport. Each case will be considered on its own merits. This charging structure will apply to all students whether attending NCC mainstream or special educational post-16 provision, independent schools or FE colleges and other suitable training providers. Details of flexible payment plans are on the application form.
5. Type of support / mode of travel offered for students
5.1 The scheme operating in accordance with this policy is specifically for students who meet the Authority’s eligibility criteria. This does not however restrict individual schemes, which enhance and complement the scope of this policy statement, being introduced by individual schools, colleges or training establishments.
5.2 The type of support / mode of travel will depend on the individual circumstances of the student, which will be assessed by the Authority, school, FE college or training provider.
5.3 The Authority will undertake regular reviews of the decisions made by FE colleges to award financial support for student transport to ensure compliance with the policy and that decisions are consistent across all education and training establishments.
5.4 The Authority is currently working with Northamptonshire FE colleges to allow all FE college students to use Council contracted school services, where the service could broadly meet the journey requirements of the student.
6. Public Bus and Rail Services
6.1 Where a student is entitled to support and their journey can reasonably be accommodated using existing public bus or rail, then the student will be expected to pay up to the first £600 in accordance with the outcome of their low income assessment, learning difficulties and / or disabilities entitlement.
6.2 The cost of the pass will also vary due to the number of different public transport providers operating throughout North Northamptonshire and the individual journey requirement of the student. The Authority is working to secure fair and consistent pricing for student bus passes.
6.3 There may be other schemes available through the local or district borough councils to support students with their transport costs. Students are advised to contact their local council prior to applying for support under this scheme. Additionally, the FE colleges themselves operate subsidised transport schemes and students are advised to contact the FE colleges directly to identify what additional support may be available.
Other Transport Provision
6.4 Where public transport is not available, or the student is unable to use public transport due to a learning difficulty or disability, then it may be necessary to provide a taxi to accommodate a student’s journey to and from school or college. In such cases the student will be expected to pay up to the first £600 in accordance with the outcome of their low income assessment, learning difficulties and / or disabilities entitlement.
6.5 Where a school or FE college arranges the transport for students, they will be expected to use the Authority’s Framework Agreements in the procurement of transport and ensure that where appropriate, the provision of a taxi is shared with other entitled students.
6.6 Parents or carers of students who are entitled for support under this policy will be encouraged to provide transport for which a mileage allowance will be paid. Where a student is in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance then this may be used to transport the student to and from school or FE College.
7. Students with Learning Difficulties and / or Disabilities
7.1 Students with an EHC plan, will be assessed on their transport entitlement by the Authority or by the FE College. Other students who do not have an EHC plan will be considered by the school, FE college or training provider in agreement with the Authority. Decisions / recommendations will be made in accordance with the legal framework and statutory guidance for post-16 transport provision. Suitable travel arrangements will then be provided to address the needs of entitled students.
7.2 Some FE colleges already operate an independent travel training programme for students with learning difficulties or disabilities. Whilst each programme will differ slightly, the Authority would wish to develop a comprehensive programme across Northamptonshire working in partnership with education establishments to introduce training during the final 2 years of a student’s statutory education prior to commencing their further education.
8. Out of North Northamptonshire Area Education Provision
8.1 This policy applies where the educational needs of a student with learning difficulties and / or disabilities cannot be addressed within North Northamptonshire and a suitable out of area establishment is identified by the Authority.
8.2 Students attending an alternative school through personal preference or choice will not receive assistance with transport.
8.3 Attendance at out of North Northamptonshire education establishments may include weekly or termly boarding and hence the transport arrangements for each student will vary accordingly. In such cases, the scheduling of transport will be agreed with the school, FE college or training provider, in conjunction with the parents/carers or young person and within the terms of the EHCP.
9. Applying for post-16 travel support
9.1 Apply for transport to a school, or Tresham College. If you are applying for transport to Northampton College or Moulton College, you will need to apply to the college direct. It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s)/ carer(s) and student to obtain an application form and apply for transport support.
9.2 To be guaranteed transport, subject to the qualifying criteria, on NCC vehicles the closing date for post 16 applications is on or before the third Friday in May prior to the September of that academic year.
9.3 Any applications received after this deadline are considered late and may not be processed until the October half term and will be provided subject to available capacity. Please ensure that you have alternative transport arrangements in place during this time. North Northamptonshire Council will not be responsible for any travel costs incurred during this time.
9.4 Completed applications received before by the deadline will guarantee transport support for the whole of the next academic year, subject to eligibility.
9.5 Completed applications received after the last working day in May will not guarantee transport support for the whole of the next academic year.
9.6 FE Colleges or training providers may have their own arrangements and contact should be made with them initially to discuss this.
10. Young adult learners, aged 19 to 25 subject to an Education, Health and Care plan
Please note that this policy does not relate to young adults who are not in education or training and who do not have an Education, Health and Care plan. Information about transport provision for other young adults can be obtained from the Authority’s Adult Social Care Transport policy.
10.1 Whilst the Authority would continue to encourage the participation in education and training by persons who are over compulsory school age but under 19 and persons aged 19 to 25 with an EHC plan, young adult learners would be expected to meet the cost of travel between home and the provider at which they are receiving education or training except in the circumstances as follows:
- i) Free transport would be provided to a young adult learner (not being a person of sixth form age), where the Authority has secured the provision of education or training and the provision of boarding accommodation for an adult learner aged under 25 and subject to an EHC plan and where it is considered necessary to facilitate that person’s attendance at the place of education or training.
- ii) Free transport assistance may be provided where an adult learner was receiving education or training at an establishment maintained or assisted by the Authority and providing Further Education, or at a College of Further Education, and the Authority considered that:
1. the person’s attendance on that course was reasonably necessary; and
2. it was necessary for the Authority to provide transport to facilitate that person’s attendance on the course. In deciding whether it is necessary for the Authority to provide free transport assistance for an adult learner, the Authority would amongst other things, have regard to:
• the learner’s age, ability and aptitude
• any learning difficulties the person may have
• the locations and times at which the education or training is provided
• the nature of the route, or alternative routes, which the learner could reasonably be expected to take
10.2 For the purposes of deciding whether to provide free transport the Authority would not consider it necessary, other than in exceptional circumstances, for a young adult learner to attend an additional Further Education course at the same level or equivalent where the learner had previously attended and completed a course at an establishment within the Further Education sector. Each case will be considered on its own merits
11. Appeal procedures
Parents / guardians / carers or a young person are entitled to challenge the decision of the Authority to refuse to provide assistance with transport as set out in this policy or when the parents / guardians / carers or young person consider that the travel arrangements, agreed by the Authority, are unsuitable. A decision may be challenged on the following grounds:
- distance measurement; and / or
- safety of the route
- transport arrangements offered
Note that there is no right to challenge a decision made by the Authority, where a child’s / young person’s entitlement to transport assistance has been removed either temporarily or permanently on the grounds of unacceptable behaviour.
Stage 1 Appeal - Review of decision
You have 20 working days from the receipt of the transport decision to make a request for a review of the original decision.
The request should detail why the decision should be reviewed and give personal and/or family circumstances, which should be considered during the appeal process. You might like to include other documents to support your case.
These may include:
- a recent medical report from a relevant consultant working with your family stating how the young person’s medical condition negatively impacts on their ability to travel,
- map evidence to show how you have calculated the walking distance,
- an independent report showing why you believe the route to be unsafe or
- any other third party evidence you wish us to consider as part of the review
A Senior Officer from Northamptonshire Highways will review the original decision and will send you a letter detailing the outcome of the review within 20 working days of receipt of the written request.
Stage 2 Appeal – panel hearing
If after the Stage 1 Appeal you are still not happy with the decision, you will have 20 working days from receipt of the Stage 1 decision, to make a request to escalate the matter to a Stage 2 Appeal.
An independent appeal panel, made up of 3 members of the council, will be convened to consider the appeal within 40 working days of receipt of your request.
No member of the appeal panel will have been involved in the original decision to decline transport assistance.
To request a review or an appeal, email [email protected].
Full details of the appeal procedures for home to school transport view the school travel assistance appeals page.
12. Work of the Transport Partnership
North Northamptonshire’s Post-16 Transport Partnership brings together key partners in Northamptonshire who work collaboratively on the Post 16 Transport Policy statement and to develop innovative and appropriate travel solutions to enable access to further education and training courses for this age group.
We intend to deliver an Independent Travel Education Programme aimed at improving travel independence for Post 16 students (often with learning difficulties and / or disabilities) to enable access to college and special school by travelling on public transport independently.
North Northamptonshire Council and Stagecoach Midlands are collaborating to encourage eligible students to make use of the National Concessionary Fare Scheme which is a free public bus pass for students with a disability. The bus pass and supporting morning only Termrider pass will enable suitable college students to travel independently to college and socially. Please contact the Home to School Transport Team for more details.
13. College Information
Below is a brief summary from each of the Northamptonshire Colleges.
- Northampton College offer subsidised bus passes where a student is eligible as per the NCC criteria (under 19, more than 3 miles from site of study, on a full-time course)
- students can apply to the bursary for transport support where there is a household income below £26,000 or income based benefits Northampton College sell stagecoach bus passes for use on public bus services
- bus number 16 travels every 10 minutes between Northampton bus station and Northampton College.
Moulton College operates a comprehensive subsidised transport network throughout Northamptonshire, allowing students access to the main college and all of its out centres. Please telephone 01604 491131 for further information or see our Moulton College website.
- Mainstream students should apply directly to the college when making their college application
- Students with an EHCP should apply for Post 16 Transport arrangements through North Northamptonshire Council details below
- The application form
- Tresham College may offer additional support to learners through their Learner Support Fund subject to meeting the eligibility criteria
14. Public Transport Information
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Read the travel assistance code of conduct.
North Northamptonshire Council will guarantee a seat on one of our existing contracted transport services for a student where an application is received on or before the 3 Friday in May prior to the September of that academic year.
Guaranteed seats will not be available for applications received after that time, and will then be subject to availability which will be considered once all statutory students have been allocated. Please note that this may not be processed until the October half term and parents will be responsible for taking their child alongside any associated costs.
In submitting an application form by the aforementioned date, parents/legal guardians will be committing to purchasing a seat for the full academic year at a cost of £600. Regrettably discounts, of any kind, will not be available if transport is used for only part of the year (i.e. passed their driving test etc.).
Only in circumstances where a family moves home and transport is no longer required will consideration be given to refunding the remaining full school terms of transport costs, if the yearly payment option has been chosen. If you opt to pay monthly, the refund will be based on the amount paid to date as well as the term in which transport ceases.
Applications which are not required prior to the commencement of the academic year to which it refers, must be cancelled by emailing [email protected] as soon as possible.
However, if we have already dispatched a bus pass, you will be liable for any costs until it is returned and received in the Post 16 Travel Scheme office along with a covering letter.
Where transport is no longer required after the academic year has commenced, you must notify us in writing, specifying the reason for the cancellation and the last date of travel; where a bus pass has been issued, this must accompany the letter.
Read more about cancelling applications.
It is important to remember that until we receive the letter of cancellation, and where applicable, the bus pass, you will still be liable for any costs incurred. If the school issue their own bus passes, please state this on the letter of cancellation so that we can notify the school’s administration department accordingly. Consideration should be given to returning the bus pass by recorded/signed for post.
Your application is assessed on the address and educational establishment on the form. Should you move address or educational establishment we will require a new form so we may reassess your application and there is no guarantee of transport arrangements being able to be rearranged. Should this be the case then it will be the parents’/legal guardians’ responsibility for transport provision and costs incurred.
To qualify for transport you will need to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria set out below.
The scheme is available for students who:
- are over 16 years of age on or before 31 August of that year, but under 19 years of age on or before 31 August of that year
- live more than 3 miles walking distance from their designated or nearest school, college or training establishment and
- attending on a full time basis (12 hours or more per week)
Students who qualify on grounds of low income
The contribution of £600 will be reduced by 50% (£300) for students whose parents’/legal guardians’ are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- are on Income Support
- are on Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- are on Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, that does not exceed £16,190 guaranteed element of state pension credit
- entitled to free school meals
- families in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit will also be entitled to financial support - (If you are receiving the maximum level of Working Tax Credit, your documentation will show £0.00 for “Reduction due to your income” as shown in the working tax credit elements example below)
- are on Employment and Support Allowance (Income-Related)
- are on Universal Credit
Working Tax Credit elements
|Basic from 06/04 to 05/04 the following year (1 year)||£1111.11|
|Total Working Tax Credit elements (other than childcare)||£1111.11|
|Reduction due to your income||£ 0.00|
|Amount for the period||£1111.11|
Current and Full original documentary evidence i.e. all pages of your benefit documentation must be provided in all cases and should accompany the application form. These documents will then be returned. The regulations stipulate that the parents/legal guardians of children who qualify on grounds of low income are obliged to notify this office immediately if their benefits change or cease.
If you are on low income or in receipt of free school meals, you may be entitled to bursary funding which is available from the establishment attended. Please note that this is not administered in this office.
How the scheme works
North Northamptonshire Council will withhold any application where there is an outstanding debt in relation to the pupil or their siblings until the account is cleared in full.
NB. Please also be aware that non-payment of an invoice will result in a debt collection agency being notified to recover any monies which remain outstanding.
If your application is successful, you will receive an invoice prior to the start of the academic year, if you have applied by the deadline for guaranteed transport, for £600 if the yearly payment option has been chosen, or on a monthly basis over a six month period where the monthly payment option has been selected. Payments should be made within 28 days as specified on the invoice.
The Council reserves the right to withdraw the entitlement to travel where invoices are not paid on time and or the misuse of the travel facilities or bus pass. In these circumstances North Northamptonshire Council will have the right to recover any costs it has incurred as a result of the afore-mentioned misuse. Acceptance of the transport indicates that you accept the “Code of Conduct” and where applicable, the “Conditions of Use” printed on the reverse of the bus pass. Any misuse of the “Code of Conduct” and or “Conditions” e.g. misbehaviour etc. could render the transport invalid and no refund will be given.
Parents/Legal Guardians and students are required to read and adhere to the “Code of Conduct”.
Applications received after the third Friday in May of that academic year are hereby known as non-guaranteed seats. If your child is allocated a non-guaranteed seat under the scheme, we must inform you that, should a new application by a statutory entitled pupil be received, it may be necessary to withdraw the offer of the non-guaranteed seat that your child occupies giving you up to 14 days’ notice in writing. A pro rata refund of any fees paid would then be given and you would be required to make alternative transport arrangements.
An invoice will be issued to all successful applicants and this will detail the methods of payment on the reverse. If you have any queries regarding payment options please email [email protected] providing your name, phone number and query and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.
Late payment interest
As appropriate, and in accordance with the “Late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act 1998”, the Council reserves the right to levy a charge for interest and compensation for late payment of commercial invoices.
There are occasions when Northamptonshire Highways Operational Team, or external operators need to cancel transport e.g. adverse weather, issues involving internal recourses i.e. passenger assistants/drivers/vehicles. Every effort is made to ensure this does not happen but should it be unavoidable it is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to transport the student to and from education and there will be no reimbursement for costs incurred. Every effort is made to restore the transport arrangements as soon as possible.
Please be aware that should transport no longer be required for qualifying statutory age students, current journeys will be cancelled as a consequence, under these circumstances, the processing of the application may be delayed until the statutory transport requirements are confirmed.
If you have a query with regards to the bus pass issued or you have a concern about the service being provided, please email [email protected].
If you require a replacement pass you can apply online.
Other transport support for post-16 students
We will also take receipt of 16 to 19 bursary funding into account in assessing an individual’s need for financial help with transport.
Where a person receives a benefit to facilitate their mobility needs (e.g. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance, where this includes the higher rate mobility element) we may explore whether this can be used to support their transport needs to and from education or training for which a mileage rate will be paid.
Each case will be considered on its own merits.
We are working together with key partners to enable access to further education and training courses for 16 to 18 year olds. The following colleges offer support:
Northampton College sell subsidised bus passes where a student is eligible (under 19, more than 3 miles from site of study, on a full-time course).
Students can apply to the bursary for transport support where there is a household income below £26,000 or income based benefits.
They also sell stagecoach bus passes for use on public bus services.
Email: [email protected]
Moulton College operates a comprehensive subsidised transport network throughout Northamptonshire, allowing students access to the main college and all of its out centres.
If an application for free travel assistance is declined, parents may appeal by submitting a form to escalate the matter to a Stage One Appeal.
Find out more about the appeals process.
Last updated 25 May 2023