The maximum travelling time to or from schools that is considered reasonable by the council is 45 minutes for children of primary school age and 75 minutes by young people attending secondary school.
There are two grounds on which children would usually qualify for home to school transport. Please read our home to school transport policy for full details.
Statutory Walking Distance
Free home to school transport support can be provided for a child of statutory school age on distance grounds if he or she attends their nearest suitable school.
Beyond 2 miles (if below the age of 8); or
Beyond 3 miles (if aged between 8 and 16)
The shortest appropriate route between a school and a home address is measured by the Council using a computerised geographical information system. Each house and school has a unique reference, as do all the redways and paths, which are coded at any point or junction such as at an underpass or where it crosses with another path. This enables the programme to calculate the distance from home to school.
If the transport support offered is in the form of a taxi or minibus provision from a home address the provider will only pick up from one primary address. This is usually the home address of the parent/s that receives the child benefit for the child/ren receiving school transport support. In exceptional circumstances an alternative address may be considered however this will need to be agreed in advance by the Local Authority.
Extended Rights Eligibility
The Council will support children with transport where pupils are entitled to free school meals or their parents are in receipt of maximum Working Tax Credit and if:
The nearest suitable school is beyond 2 miles (for children over the age of 8 and under 11)
The school is between 2 and 6 miles away (if aged 11-16 and there are not 3 or more suitable nearer schools)
The school is between 2 and 15 miles and is the nearest school preferred on the grounds of religion or belief (aged 11-16)
Should family circumstances and the entitlement come to an end then transport support will be withdrawn as soon as possible.
Adult Bus Pass
An adult bus pass may be provided for an adult to accompany a child under 8 years old.
Special educational needs, disability or mobility difficulties
If a child’s special educational needs, disability or mobility problems mean that they could not be reasonably expected to walk to school then the council will assess each child on an individual basis to identify the most appropriate transport option.
Unsafe Route Eligibility
The Council will make transport arrangements for children who cannot be reasonably expected to walk to their nearest suitable school because the nature of the route is deemed unsafe to walk. The Council uses a computerised geographical information system to assess the safety of routes.
The nearest appropriate school is one that the Council considers to be suitable for the specific needs of the pupil. Parents or carers should be aware that if they express a preference for a school other than the nearest appropriate school then there is no automatic entitlement to free home to school transport support.
Children living in temporary accommodation
For families placed in temporary accommodation, home to school transport is only applicable where full duty to re-house is confirmed and it is established that the housing placement is anticipated to be for less than one school term. Families who are anticipated to be placed in temporary accommodation for more than one school term should make an application for a more local school place.
Please be aware that the Education Access team is unable to progress an application for home to school transport until this information has been verified by the housing team. If you wish to check the status of your housing application ahead of making a home to school transport application please email email@example.com or call 01908 253481.
Post 16 Students
As a general rule the Council does not provide free transport support for Post 16 students who live in Milton Keynes attending school sixth forms, sixth form colleges and colleges of further education. However, Milton Keynes Council funds a concessionary fare scheme which enables young people up to 19 to travel on public transport at a reduced rate. For more information on all these services please call the Milton Keynes Council Bus Card Section on 01908 252558. . Please see our post 16 policy for more information.
Code of conduct
We expect all children and young people and their parents or carers to adhere to the relevant code of conduct to ensure that everyone has a pleasant and safe experience: