Assistance for children with SEND up to the end of Year 11

This page gives information about school transport assistance for children who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) or medical conditions.

For children who do not have SEND or medical conditions please view our School Transport Assistance for Children Under 16 page.

Is my child eligible for free transport?

Just like other five to 16-year olds, children who have recognised learning difficulties and/or a disability are entitled to free home to school transport if they are either:

  • under 8 years old, attend their nearest qualifying school and live 2 miles or more from that school, or
  • 8 years old or over, attend their nearest qualifying school and live 3 miles or more from that school

Additional support for children with SEND who live relatively close to their school?

Learning difficulties

Children with SEND, whether or not they have an Education Health & Care Plan, are entitled to support if they attend their nearest qualifying school and:

  • cannot walk to school in reasonable safety, even if they are accompanied by a responsible adult
  • their disability means they are unable to walk even short distances

It is important to note that having an EHC Plan does not automatically mean a child is eligible to transport assistance.

Assistance on medical grounds

Children who are not already the subject of an EHC plan, but have a disability, mobility problem, congenital or permanent medical condition (for example arthritis or cystic fibrosis) that means they cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school may be eligible for assistance.

Children who suffer a temporary medical condition may also be eligible for assistance. Please see section 5 of the latest version of the Children’s Services Transport Policy, which can be found in the related documents section at the bottom of this page.

Assistance for children whose parents have a disability

The parents of children of primary school age, who are disabled and, as a result of the incapacity, are unable to accompany their child on the walking route to their nearest qualifying school, may be eligible for assistance. Please see section 6 of the latest version of the Children’s Services Transport Policy, which can be found in the related documents section at the bottom of this page.

What if I don’t want my child to attend the nearest school that can meet their needs?

If your child attends a school you chose, which is further away than the nearest one that can meet their needs, assistance may be provided on the condition that you agree to pay any additional transport costs incurred by the Council. Those additional costs are currently calculated at the rate of 50p for every extra mile, which is significantly less than the actual cost to the council of providing transport. Please note that our charges may be reviewed.

You can find full details of our eligibility criteria by reading the the latest version of the Children’s Services Transport Policy, which can be found in the related documents section at the bottom of this page.

How do I apply?

If your child meets the eligibility criteria please download, complete and return the Application for assistance with home to school travel for those with SEND form (PDF 326KB) to:

The SEND Transport Assessment Team
SENSAP Partnerships and Health
Adams Court
Kildare Terrace
Leeds LS12 1DB

Alternatively you can email us at sendtransport@leeds.gov.uk or call us on 0113 535 1990 to ask for a paper copy or for advice.

Once we receive your fully-completed application, it will be assessed and we will aim to advise you of our assessment within 15 working days. Please note that in cases where we offer to provide transport in the form of a minibus or taxi, it may take up to 15 further days from assessment to put those arrangements in place. 

It is particularly important to ensure that applications for transport assistance commencing in September are received by the final Friday of June. We cannot guarantee that any transport offered will be in place by the start of term if applications are received after the end of June, although we will do our best to achieve it.

What types of assistance are available?​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

A passenger assistantA passenger assistant<div class="ExternalClass821EA8C74F824002B2D1CF2B0554CE1F"><p>To travel with your child in a taxi or minibus.</p></div>
Mileage allowance, fixed payment or travel allowanceMileage allowance, fixed payment or travel allowance<div class="ExternalClass8E43B29D62DA4FB99DCD2F7B93BBAC31">​​<p>Available if you would like to use your own vehicle or make your own arrangements to take your child to and from school.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
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Taxi or minibus to transport your child from your permanent home address to Taxi or minibus to transport your child from your permanent home address to <div class="ExternalClassA43D0FBD0B3C4080A4587357A92BAA96">​​<p>To transport your child from your permanent home address to school and back - if we offer to provide you with a taxi or a minibus, your child is likely to travel with other pupils.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
Zero Fare School PassZero Fare School Pass<div class="ExternalClass50B3353B2E044C2CA275509890B3A09A">​​<p>The pass is accepted for travel on buses and trains operating within the county of West Yorkshire.</p> <p>It allows one journey to school and one journey home between 7am and 7pm each school day. It can be used on more than one service if no direct service is available and the child needs to change from one bus service to another (or from bus to train and vice versa). It is not valid if they break their journey unnecessarily and try to re-board without paying.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
Zero Fare Boarding PassZero Fare Boarding Pass<div class="ExternalClassE417ED6E372E4FE0B1E3659A18616938">​​<p>The pass allows your child to travel on a special school bus free of charge. These ‘school specials’ are funded by the local authority to serve areas where ordinary bus services are not available.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>

 

 

Children's Services Transport Policy - July 2017 (Amended June 2018)https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Children's Services Transport Policy July 2017 - Amended June 2018.pdf425813pdf
Children's Services Transport Policy - November 2015https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Children's Services Transport Policy.pdf126289pdf
Application for support with home to school travel for children and young people with SENDhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Application for support with home to school travel for children and young people with SEND.pdf690000pdf

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