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Home to school travel assistance for children with SEND or a EHCP

If your child does not have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or is currently undergoing an assessment for an EHCP, please see School transport for children in mainstream school.

Children with a disability aged five and over who are living in Surrey may also be eligible for a free bus pass for disabled people. Please see Eligibility for a free disabled bus pass and for how to apply see Free bus passes for disabled people.

Pre-16 travel assistance 

If your child has been given a nursery or school place through an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Education Needs (SSEN) they may be entitled to travel assistance under our: Travel Assistance Policy for Children and Young People with SEND - Pre 16.

You can check if your child may be entitled using the summary below, but please read the policy in full before applying.

Nursery and reception to Year 3 (age 4-8) 

  • The distance from home to school or nursery is 2 miles or over, and
  • the school or nursery is the nearest appropriate to your home.

Years 4-6 (aged 8-11) 

  • The distance from home to school is 3 miles or over, and
  • the school is the nearest appropriate to your home.

If you are in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit or your child is in receipt of free school meals, the qualifying home to school distance is reduced to 2 miles. 

Years 7-11 (aged 11-16) 

  • The distance from home to school is 3 miles or over, and
  • the school is the nearest appropriate to your home.

If you are in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit or your child is in receipt of free school meals, your child may be eligible for travel assistance if they are attending one of their three nearest schools, which is between 2 and 6 miles from your home.

Exceptional circumstances

If you do not meet the criteria above, but your child's SEND, health or exceptional needs mean that they would benefit from travel assistance to school, we will consider their case based on their individual circumstances. You may be required to provide supporting evidence.   

Apply for SEND travel assistance pre-16

To apply for pre-16 travel assistance please contact your local area office.

Area offices

  • South West Area Office covers Guildford and Waverley
    Telephone: 01483 517890 or email: swsen@surreycc.gov.uk
  • North West Area Office covers Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath
    Telephone: 01483 518110 or email: nwsen@surreycc.gov.uk   
  • South East Area Office covers Mole Valley,Tandridge, and Reigate and Banstead
    Telephone: 01737 737990 or email: sesen@surreycc.gov.uk   
  • North East Area Office covers Spelthorne, Elmbridge, and Epsom and Ewell
    Telephone: 01737 737940 or email: nesen@surreycc.gov.uk

16+ travel assistance 

Information about local and national transport schemes supporting learners aged 16-18 in further education and continuing learners aged 19 and over can be found within Surrey's Transport policy statement (PDF). This includes information on:

Apply for SEND travel assistance 16+

Apply for 16+ travel assistance

Pay contribution towards transport

You can apply online above, or alternatively contact us via email: sendpost16@surreycc.gov.uk

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