Transport for pre-16 pupils with special educational needs

Pre-16 pupils with special educational needs

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), they may be eligible for free transport.

Free transport

The majority of pupils with a Statement or EHCP aged 5 to 16 will attend mainstream schools provision and not require transport.

The criteria to qualify for free transport is:

  • Live within the area where Cambridgeshire is the local county council
  • Have a Statement or EHCP
  • Be attending the school outlined in the Statement or EHCP
  • Live more than 2 miles (primary) or 3 miles (secondary) away from the school or not be able to walk less than those distances specified due to special educational needs or disability
  • Be able to complete the journey in less than 45 minutes (primary) or 1 hour and 14 minutes (secondary) where possible

Transport provision

Transport needs for each child are assessed on an individual basis, based on their Statement / EHCP and information from professionals and parents. Transport is provided in the following way:

  • Placed on an existing transport route
  • New transport provision
  • Personal transport budget

Whichever best meets the child's needs and is cost effective to the Council.

Out of county placements

If a child has been placed at an independent out of county provision, transport will be provided. You may be asked to transport your child and costs will be met. Please see the personal transport budget page for details on this.

If you do not have access to a vehicle, or are unable to provide transport, the Council will provide transport in the same process mentioned above.

Applying for SEN school transport

All applications for transport for children with a Statement or EHCP are handled by the Statutory Assessments Team (SAT). Please contact your SEN Casework Officer for further details and advice.

If your child is attending a mainstream school and is able to access mainstream school transport or public transport, please visit our school transport page or telephone 0345 045 5208 or email

Personal transport budgets

For full details, please visit our personal transport budgets page.

Reviewing transport provision

A review of your child's transport provision will be made annually as part of the annual review process. The nature of SEN transport means that arrangements have to be flexible, with pupils joining and leaving routes throughout the year, and the Council are not able to communicate these changes to parents. Changes to operators are avoided where possible, but are occasionally outside of the Council's control.

The Council also has a legal obligation to review and re-tender transport contracts on a regular basis. However, any review of this nature will be communicated with parents prior to any changes being made.

SEND transport charter

The SEND transport charter outlines the responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in the transport provision of your child.

SEND Transport Charter Cambridgeshire55KBpdf
Outlines the responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in the transport provision of your child.
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Home to School Transport Code of Conduct - additional info for COVID-1949KBpdf
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Home to school travel assistance policy

The home to school transport assistance policy covers mainstream, special and post-16 education transport.

Home to school travel assistance policy263KBpdf
This policy covers mainstream, special and post-16 education transport. Includes a glossary of terms.
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Social and Education Transport Team
Box No. SH1013
Shire Hall

Telephone: 01223 706 123