School and College Transport
Rutland County Council has developed a written policy on transport in order that parents and carers can understand and access transport for their children. The policy also clarifies the eligibility of a student to such provision.
View/Download: Home to School Transport Policy 2012 (pdf file)
View/Download: 2012-13 Post 16 Transport Policy Statement (pdf file)
If your child is entitled to free school transport, you will need to complete the following form - X78 Application Form (pdf)
X78 FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2013/2014 - X78 APPLICATION FORM
Academic Year 2012/2013 Transport Application Forms available to view/download:
Denominational Transport Application Form (pdf)
Denominational Transport Information Sheet (pdf)
Farepaying Transport Application Form (pdf)
Farepaying Transport Information Sheet (pdf)
Post 16 Transport Application Form (pdf)
Post 16 Transport Information Sheet (pdf)
Academic Year 2013/2014 Transport Application Forms available to view/download
Post 16 transport
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED?
IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR FREE TRANSPORT?
WHAT IF MY CHILD/CHILDREN DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA?
IF MY CHILD GOES TO A DENOMINATIONAL SCHOOL COULD THEY GET TRANSPORT?
IS TRANSPORT AVAILABLE FOR MY CHILD ATTENDING FURTHER EDUCATION?
MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS CAN I HAVE HELP WITH TRANSPORT?
MY CHILD IS NOT ELIGIBLE BUT DUE TO CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES I NEED HELP. IS IT POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN TRANSPORT ASSISTANCE?
I HAVE A COMPLAINT ABOUT MY CHILD’S TRANSPORT, WHO DO I REGISTER THIS WITH?
IF I REQUIRE ANY APPLICATION FORMS OR NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE, HOW DO I GO ABOUT THIS?
Question: WHAT TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED? Rutland County Council’s policy is to provide single deck vehicles with seat belts for all home to school transport for pupils of primary and secondary school age. The County Council has a duty to provide safe and non-stressful journeys to ensure pupils can gain maximum benefit from the education they receive at school or college. All eligible pupils will be provided with a travel pass and it is a requirement that this is carried at all times. Children are expected to follow a code of conduct and the services are regularly checked and action taken to resolve any operational problems, and problems arising from unsatisfactory behaviour.
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Question: IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE FOR FREE TRANSPORT? The general policy is that free transport is provided for Rutland resident children of compulsory age (5-16 years of age) who attend their nearest or catchment school, provided they meet the distance criteria below:
-Cildren under the age of 8: living more than 2 miles from school; or
-Children over the age of 8: living more than 3 miles from school
Entitlement gained through other special circumstances. For further information please refer to the Home to School transport policy by clicking the hyper-link at the top of the page.
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Question: WHAT IF MY CHILD/CHILDREN DO NOT MEET THIS CRITERIA?
It would be the parent/guardian’s responsibility to make arrangements for school transport. Although there are some instances where farepaying transport may be available. Refer to School Transport Policy for Farepaying transport and charges.
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Question: IF MY CHILD GOES TO A DENOMINATIONAL SCHOOL COULD THEY GET TRANSPORT?
PRIMARY DENOMINATIONAL Transport will be provided for Primary pupils to the nearest school of the appropriate denomination if certain criteria are met. A completed application form and parental contribution will be required. Refer to the School Transport Policy
SECONDARY DENOMINATIONAL Consideration will be given to the provision of transport for secondary pupils attending a denominational school, if certain criteria are met. A completed application form and parental contribution will be required.
Question: IS TRANSPORT AVAILABLE FOR MY CHILDS ATTENDING FURTHER EDUCATION?
Students may be eligible for assistance with transport to college. For those who are not eligible, assistance may be provided by the college. Further details can be found in the Post 16 Transport Policy (pdf file).
Question: MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS CAN I HAVE HELP WITH TRANSPORT?
The same entitlements for home to school transport apply. The authority will exercise discretion in varying this policy in some circumstances. Any transport provided will take into account the needs of the child where the Statement of Special Educational Needs identifies that this would be beneficial. The first point of contact to enquire about this type of transport would be the Education Department. Refer to the School Transport Policy.
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Question: MY CHILD IS NOT ELIGIBLE BUT DUE TO CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES I NEED HELP. IS IT POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN TRANSPORT ASSISTANCE?
In certain circumstances discretionary transport may be provided on a short term or temporary basis. For example, on medical grounds, moving house when the child has started year 6 or year 11 to the end of that academic year, school closure or reorganisation, safety factors relating to the route. Parents/Guardians will be required to make their own arrangements for transport whilst the special circumstance application is being considered. Refer to school transport policy.
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Question: I HAVE A COMPLAINT ABOUT MY CHILD’S TRANSPORT, WHO DO I REGISTER THIS WITH?
The Council aims to provide reliable, safe, comfortable and non stressful transport to and from school. Due to the nature of transport, occasionally things don’t always go according to plan. Should you find it necessary to contact us regarding any issues relating to the school transport, please do so as soon as possible at the time of the incident, on the contact details below. It is helpful if you can provide us with as much information as possible in order that your complaint can be investigated fully. Your complaint will be logged onto our Complaints System and immediate steps taken to remedy or start investigations into resolving any problems.
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Question: : IF I REQUIRE ANY APPLICATION FORMS OR NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE, HOW DO I GO ABOUT THIS?
If you wish to talk to someone or contact us about any further enquiries relating to Home to School Transport please contact the Customer Services Team or write to: The Transport Office Rutland County Council Catmose Oakham Rutland LE15 6HP
Application forms can be obtained from these contacts, or you can download and print forms from this website, for completion. The basic transport forms are also available from the Customer Services Team at the main Council Offices, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HP Telephone 01572 772577. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications by email as all forms must be signed by the Parent/Guardian.
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