Transport Policy Statement for Learners Aged 16-19
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:-
- the need for specialist transport;
- the special educational needs of the pupil or student as defined in their statement
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.