Home to School Transport Policy and Post-16 Transport Statement 2021/22 Consultation

Closed 7 Dec 2020

Opened 12 Oct 2020


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We are currently reviewing our Home to School Transport Policy and associated Post-16 Transport Policy Statement. As part of the review we are considering changes to the Policy and Statement.

We plan to publish any changes we make as a result of this consultation in April 2021, for the academic year 2021/22. The new Policy and associated Statement will apply to all pupils and students, including those with existing transport arrangements.

We have looked at feedback we’ve received over the past year from parents and schools. This has been about the current policy content as well as how it works in practice. We have also spoken with some parents about the specific changes they might like to see from the review.

Home to School Transport Policy

Our Home to School Transport Policy sets out how the Council provides student transport to schools and other education settings. The policy applies to students up to the age of 19, and for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) it applies to students up to the age of 25.

The proposed changes focus on updating the content by providing clarification and more detail to some parts of the Policy to make the Policy easier to understand. These changes are set out in the Draft Home to School Transport Policy attached below.

Post-16 Transport Policy Statement

Our Post-16 Transport Policy Statement sets out transport arrangements for students aged 16 and over. The Statement specifies the arrangements for transport that the Council considers it necessary to make in order to facilitate the attendance of sixth form students receiving education or training.

Proposed changes to the Statement include updating the content to help provide clear information for young people and parents/carers.

Contribution charges for post-16 educational transport will resume from September 2021. We are asking for views on 3 potential options for how Post 16 SEND student transport will be arranged and paid for. The options are:

  • Council-organised transport using the current distance-banded charging model
  • A choice of either a Personal Transport Budget for families to choose and arrange their own transport; or Council organised transport using an annual fee
  • A Personal Transport Budget as the default, with Council organised transport organised ‘by exception’ only

We have also created a video to explain the options described above.

Register for our online consultation event

UPDATED 18/11/20: Due to very low registration numbers this event has been cancelled. Anyone who has already registered, will be contacted and offered an individual meeting to get their views and answer any questions.

We will be holding an online consultation event on 19 November - please see below for full details. This is an opportunity to hear from us in more detail about the possible changes and ask us questions. If you are interested in taking part, please phone us on 01296 382891 or email us on H2STpolicyconsultation@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Let us have your views

In this consultation, we would like to hear your views on the proposed changes, and on the options for arranging and paying for transport for Post-16 students with SEND. Please read the documents attached below and let us know what you think by completing the short online survey below.


We will use the information you provide here only for the purpose of this consultation. We will store the information securely in line with data protection laws and will not share or publish any personal information. Please visit the Privacy page to read our full privacy notice.

What happens next

During December 2020 we will review all the consultation feedback and in January 2021 we will use the findings to prepare a report and the final drafts of the Home to School Transport Policy and Post-16 Transport Policy Statement for 2021/22.

In March 2021 the Council’s Cabinet will consider the report and the draft documents before deciding on the proposed changes. We will publish the new Policy and Transport Statement in April 2021 and it will apply to school transport from September 2021.

We will contact key stakeholders to inform them about the decision and we will publish details on this webpage.


  • CANCELLED: Online consultation event

    From 19 Nov 2020 at 10:30 to 19 Nov 2020 at 11:30

    UPDATED 18/11/20: Due to low registration numbers this event has been cancelled. Anyone who has already registered will be contacted individually so they can ask questions and give their views.

    Hear from us in more detail about the possible changes and ask us questions. To book a place please email us on H2STpolicyconsultation@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or phone us on 01296 382891.


  • Transport
  • Schools & education
  • Children & young people