Eligibility criteria for SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools
When offering a school place, the Children’s Services SEN (Special Educational Needs) Team will also confirm a child’s eligibility for transport assistance. They assess eligibility for children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) based on the following criteria:
1. Attending the agreed school
Your child must be attending the school nearest to your home which is able to meet their special educational needs as agreed by the Children’s Services SEN Team.
2. Live an appropriate distance from the school
The distance between your home and the school must be:
- More than 2 miles (if the child is below the age of 8) or
- More than 3 miles (if the child or young person is aged 8 to 16)
The walking distance will be measured from where the home meets the public street, for example from the front gate to the nearest gate or point of access to the school premises, and by the shortest route along which a child, accompanied as necessary, may walk safely. As such, the route measured may include footpaths, bridleways, and other pathways, as well as recognised roads.
Eligibility is needs based. There is no automatic entitlement to Travel Assistance, even where an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) has been issued. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and regularly reviewed, taking into account the child’s Special Educational Needs and/or disability, mobility or medical needs, as well as any exceptional circumstances.
Professionals supporting an application for Travel Assistance for a child with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) should provide evidence in support of why, in their professional opinion, it is not reasonable to expect the child to be able to walk to school, even if accompanied. Arrangements for Travel Assistance will be kept under review (annually at a minimum), to ensure that travel arrangements are still appropriate.
To discuss eligibility further, call the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team on 0118 974 6216 or email: SENTransport@wokingham.gov.uk
Assessments for home to school transport
Assessments for home to school transport will only be processed following receipt of a completed application form. Home to school transport eligibility and assessments will not be provided over the phone.
For information on the process for home to school transport read our 2022 transport process for SEND information (PDF document).
If your child meets the eligibility criteria, above, complete the following form to apply for transport assistance:
Travel expense form
If you are successful in your school transport application, please use our expense form to submit your school travel expenses.
Completed forms should be returned to: firstname.lastname@example.org