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Home to school transport

If you require transport for a child with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or have a query about transport for a child who attends a Special School or a Resourced Unit within a mainstream school, please contact the Special Educational Needs team on 0151 934 3399 or by email.

If your child does not have an EHCP and you would like to apply for travel support to a mainstream school please see the information below.

Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly and on time.  Most pupils in Sefton:

  • Walk to school, accompanied if necessary, by a parent/carer; or
  • travel to school on public transport; or
  • are driven to school by parents.

Wherever possible the Local Authority (LA) expects parents to make similar arrangements for children attending mainstream schools.  The LA has a statutory duty, and in appropriate circumstances discretionary powers to provide assistance with home to school travel, basd on a pupil's individual needs and circumstances.

Is my child eligible for a free travel pass to school?

School aged children (pupils up to age 16) are eligible for free home to school travel support if they:

  • Are attending their nearest qualifying school and meet the eligible distance criteria relevant to their age group
  • Are from a low income family and are attending a qualifying school and meet the eligible distance criteria

Full details including what is a qualifying school can be found in the Sefton home to School transport policy 2019-2020.

Post 16 Home to school transport policy 2019-2020.

How do I apply?

You can apply by completing the 2019-20 travel pass or transport application form that's appropriate to you or your child.

Home to School Transport Application


Please note that Sefton Council does not provide financial support for post-16 student travel.

Can I appeal your decision?

If you are informed that your child is not eligible for travel support under the current policy you will be offered the right of appeal against the decision.

Informaition about how you can about this will be included with the offer letter (the decision) that youi receive.

Sefton Home To School Transport Appeals Process 2019-20