Transport to School
Oxfordshire County Council made a significant change to their school transport policy from September 2015, with free transport only being provided to students attending their nearest school. The change in policy affects students transferring to secondary school from September 2015.
The change requires more students not attending their nearest school to pay for school transport from September 2015.
The Governing body of the school have agreed to subsidise school transport for those students affected by the change in policy for transport 2015-16 and 2016-17, by subsidising school transport costs to a maximum of 50% of annual costs. The Governing body will review this policy prior to 2017-18.
The change in school transport policy categorises students into one of the following groups;
1. Students living in the school catchment area and attending their nearest school, which is less than three miles from the home address.
Students attending their nearest school and having to travel less than three miles will not normally be entitled to free transport on local authority contracted bus routes.
2. Students living in the school catchment area and attending their nearest school, which is more than three miles from the home address.
Students attending their nearest school and having to travel more than three miles will be entitled to free transport on local authority contracted bus routes. Free transport should automatically be granted where applicable through the admissions process, however, if you feel that you should be intitled to free school transport and this has not been provided you need to submit an ‘Application to Review Free School Transport’ through the Oxfordshire County Council Website – oxfordshire.gov.uk
3. Students living within the school catchment area but not attending their nearest school.
Students not attending their nearest school and having to travel more than three miles will no longer be entitled to free transport on local authority contracted bus routes however, the opportunity to purchase a travel pass on a dedicated bus route is possible but subject to the number of available spare seats. These students will be entitled to claim a maximum subsidy of 50% of the cost of an annual travel pass from the school, on production of proof of purchase of a travel pass from Oxfordshire County Council
4. Students living outside the school catchment area
There is no change to the transport policy for these students. Students living outside of the school catchment area may apply for a travel pass on a local authority contracted bus route but this will be subject to the number of available spare seats. Alternatively students will need to make their own arrangements for school transport. No financial subsidy is available from the school for these students.
5. Students in receipt of Free School Meals
Previously, students entitled to receive free school meals have been entitled to receive free transport. This arrangement will continue to be the case despite the change in transport policy.
Purchase of travel passes
Travel passes can be purchased from Oxfordshire County Council, via their website www.oxfordshire.gov.uk. The postal address is School and Social Care Transport, PO Box 867, Oxford, OX1 9NR, telephone number (01865) 323500.
Claiming of School Transport Subsidy
The school subsidy must be claimed using the attached form and returned to the Finance Office at school along with the proof of purchase of a travel pass from Oxfordshire County Council. Subsidy claims must be made on a termly basis and submitted before the end of the term being claimed for e.g. Autumn Term 2016 (Terms 1 and 2) claimed for by 16 December 2016.
Please contact Mr Staniforth, School Business Manager via the contact form if you have any queries or require any additional information.