We have some documents which will help you understand our home to school transport policy.
The documents entitled "A guide to home-to-school transport in Surrey for 2012" and "A guide to home-to-school transport in Surrey for 2013" sets out the Local Authority's policy on who will be entitled to free home-to-school transport.
The document "Home to school transport - Frequently asked questions" contains information that will help you deal with certain issues which arise from time to time with home-to-school transport. They are mainly to do with safety and you should discuss these matters with your child. These apply whenever a child receives free home to school transport or whenever a parent pays for a concessionary seat.
If you live in Surrey and have been allocated a school in the normal admission round (to start school in September in Years Reception, 3 or 7), there is no need to complete an application form. We will automatically assess these applications. If your child is eligible for free home to school transport you will receive notification from The Admissions and Transport Team.
Discretionary free transport to schools on denominational grounds has been withdrawn for new applicants from September 2012. However, if you are in receipt of the maximum Working Tax Credit or your child qualifies for free school meals then transport assistance can be awarded on religious or philosophical grounds to a specific school meeting your requirements where the distance is more than two miles (measured by the shortest walking route) and not more than 15 miles (measured by the shortest road route) from the home address. If you are not otherwise entitled to free transport you would need to complete a transport application form which must be submitted with evidence of the appropriate benefit and evidence that you had applied for the school on the basis of your religious or philosophical belief. If you wish to apply on this basis please complete the online application form and contact the Surrey Schools and Childcare Services on 0300 200 1004 for an ST02 form.
If you are applying for transport at a time other than for the normal intake to a school, you must complete the online application form.
The following points are taken into account when assessing applications for free home to school transport for pupils aged under 16:
Requests for transport are not usually granted outside of the normal policy. Although there is no statutory right of appeal for transport assistance the Local Authority will consider written representation under its Transport Case Review procedure where parents feel that they have a further exceptional case for special consideration and can provide full documentary evidence to support their case. Please note that we reserve the right to verify any evidence received.