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Children's Transport

The Children's Transport team works closely with colleagues at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (Metro) and with other key partners to ensure children and young people can access the transport links they need to get to and from school, college and elsewhere.

The team that assesses whether mainstream children and young people are entitled to receive local-authority support with the cost of home to school travel is based at Metro.

Policy and current provision

All children and young people who live in Leeds and are in full-time education are entitled to travel at half the adult fare on buses and trains within the county of West Yorkshire. To prove their entitlement, children aged 11 to 16 need to have a Young Person’s PhotoCard; students aged 16 to 18 need a Scholars PhotoCard. To obtain one of these smart cards, use the link to Generation M, Metro’s website for young people, in the External links section on this page.

The latest transport policy for Leeds came into effect on 1 December 2015. It is available to view from the Documents section on this page. Guidance notes and forms to apply for assistance with home to school travel arrangements for the academic year 2015 to 2016 are also available in the Documents section. We recommend you read the policy before you fill in the form. If you require any further information, please email us using the Contact Us form on this page.

Post 16 special educational needs students

Leeds Children’s Services Transport Policy November 2015 includes a section that relates to full-time post-16 students with a recognised learning difficulty or disability and takes into account the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014. The relevant application forms are available to view and download in the Documents section.

Please be aware that Transport assistance for students with SEND in post-16 education is currently being reviewed by Leeds City Council. For more information click on ‘Consultation on transport assistance for post-16 students with SEND’ in the Related Pages section of this page.


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