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Transport Policy Statement for Learners Aged 16-19

Please note the information on post 16 transport is only applicable until 31.08.2016

If, in September 2016, you are continuing your Post-16 education at the same establishment as you were in September 2015 then, subject to continuing to meet the criteria in the 2015 Post-16 Transport Policy, any entitlement to free transport already awarded will continue until you reach the end of that course.

If, in September 2016, you are entering Post-16 Education for the first time Wrexham County Borough Council will not normally provide, make arrangements for or meet the costs of any transport required for you to travel from home to your place of study.

Current Policy - in effect until September 2016

This statement of policy sets out the way in which Wrexham County Borough Council has decided to exercise its powers and duties in relation to the provision of school and college transport with student stage 16-19 years in accordance with the Education legislation.

The Local Education Authority (LEA) presently makes provision for eligible pupils above compulsory school age to be transported free of charge to the nearest appropriate school or college, on routes which are commissioned to provide transport.

The LEA provides transport to the nearest educational establishment that, in the judgment of the LEA, provides a reasonable range of courses suitable to the abilities, aptitudes and the requirements of an individual pupil. The courses should be at a higher level than the previous one, for instance, GCSE retakes would not normally qualify for assistance. Transport would be available to the nearest institution offering 'A' level courses that match core and foundation subjects in the National Curriculum including music and art. Transport will only be provided for an individual to an educational establishment that is not the nearest if, in the judgment of the LEA, there is a considerable variation between a pupil's requested course and the course on offer at the nearest institution.

The LEA may provide an escort for pupils with statement of special educational needs. Provision of escorts will take place after consideration by relevant officers of the individual needs of the pupils or group of pupils and the nature of the transport available.

Transport may be provided where the LEA considers that the level of need is such as to justify special consideration, for example where a student or pupil is phobic or vulnerable.

Pupils or students who have severe medical conditions that seriously affect their mobility may be provided with transport even though they do not meet the distance or educational criteria. In all cases, the request must be supported by medical evidence and will be subject to review by the school medical officer and/or the Chief Transportation & Asset Management Officer.

In determining the mode of transport required the following principles will apply:-

In all of the above the efficient use of resources will dictate the mode of transport (subject to the above conditions). Transport may be provided by means of a school contract transport service or existing public transport service that, together with the type of transport, will be dictated by cost effectiveness.

The LEA may provide concessionary transport, at a cost, where a pupil or student does not qualify on the above criteria but can be placed on an existing contract transport route that has empty seats.

Changes to Post 16 Transport Policy from September 2016

A revised policy will take effect from September 2016 which will end the council’s support for Post 16 Transport to Further Education institutions and in-school sixth forms. This means that students attending courses after the end of compulsory education (Year 11) of any description will no longer be entitled to free transport. 

Students starting their Post 16 studies in September 2015 will continue to receive transport according to our current policy (generally those residing over three miles from the nearest relevant institution)until they complete their courses or until the academic year in which they turn 19, after which time they will no longer be eligible for transport.

We are working with bus operators and with the Post 16 educational institutions to minimise the impact of the changes.  We anticipate that commercial bus operators will be able to provide extra capacity on some routes which serve schools and colleges offering Post 16 courses. In cases where the use of regular bus services may be impractical we will encourage private arrangements between the institutions and bus operators so that most potential students will be able to attend their courses.