All applications for home-to-school travel support are considered individually, taking into account the relevant legal requirements and the circumstances of each applicant.
Home-to-school travel support is considered only for pupils of statutory school age resident in Dudley (from the term after the pupil's fifth birthday up to the end of Year 11) who:
Ages are taken at 1st September in each school year.
Distance is measured by the shortest available walking route over public rights of way to the nearest relevant phase school (that is, primary or secondary, as appropriate to the age of the pupil) which has a vacant place.
For all applications not made under an income based assessment free home-to-school travel support is provided to the nearest phase school with a vacant place and not necessarily the school preferred by parents. The nearest phase school may be maintained by another Council. Free home to school transport is generally only provided where the distance criteria are met.
Travel support can take a variety of forms including travel training, bus pass, personal allowance or other direct transport, as appropriate to individual pupils’ needs as determined by the Council.
If you wish to enquire about any other forms of travel support, please contact the Travel & Transport Service Team on 01384 816972.
Dudley Council home to school travel support policy is currently under review, although no changes to the basic criteria for provision of transport are anticipated. The purpose of the policy review is to clarify the policy document and to make it easier to use and understand.