Support for Transport

Highfields College has a Support for Transport Policy as found here: www.highfieldscollege.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Highfields-College-Support-for-Transport-Policy.pdf

We recognise moving to a new school causes anxiety. We also recognise that Highfields College is not the local school for many of our children and they will have to get two buses to attend – albeit, as a Stockport-based school, we are within regular bus routes and statistically-speaking we are in one of the safest boroughs in the region.

Highfields College supports all students and their families in the following ways with transport to and from school:

  • Support with concessionary public transport passes (such as ‘I-Go’ cards)
  • Helping to plan bus journeys ahead of starting at the school
  • Accompanying the young person for their initial bus journey (‘travel training’)
  • Arranging for a young person to walk/cycle/take public transport with another young person going to the same place
  • Slight changes to the start and finish times of the school day to allow for parents/carers undertaking multiple drop-offs and pick-ups

For some students, they may be eligible for additional support with transport.  The Education Act 1996 placed a duty on local authorities to make such travel arrangements as they consider necessary to facilitate attendance at school for eligible children. The following categories are used for assessing eligibility:-

  • Statutory Walking Distance Eligibility
  • Special educational needs, a disability or mobility problems eligibility
  • Extended Rights Eligibility (low income)
  • Looked After Children placed with Stockport foster carers
  • Children and young people moving home – relating to walking distance

More detail on these can be found here: www.gov.uk/free-school-transport

The College advises all parents/carers to contact the Local Authority if their child is within the above categories. The college itself does not ordinarily fund or coordinate this provision – it has an advisory / signposting role. The LA’s school transport team can be contacted via the following websites:

From time to time unexpected challenges may arise in a young person’s life. If this happens, the College will consider provision of assistance with transport on a strictly temporary basis. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis and decisions will be made after discussion with relevant people such as medical consultants, social workers, the police and education welfare. Examples of these circumstances may include:

  • a) The child’s parent/carer at home is hospitalised or dies (up to 10 days)
  • b) The child is injured or has a serious illness and is advised by a consultant that
    they should not travel on public transport (as advised by specialists)
  • c) The child’s parent/carer is fleeing domestic violence (up to 10 day)
  • d) The child’s family loses their home and/or vehicle through fire or other
    accident (up to 10 days)
  • e) The child is deemed to be at risk of serious harm at Osman Warning level (as
    advised by police)
  • f) The child has just been permanently excluded and the family are struggling to
    come to terms with changes of school and routine (up to 3 days)

This kind of assistance generally takes the form of taxi provision to / from school or the young person being transported to / from school by a member of staff. The school does not provide cash or other payment for bus fares as we cannot safeguard they will be used for the routes from home to/from school. This must be applied for in writing to the headteacher – please contact school reception for the required form.