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Home to school transport

Home to School Transport

The Local Authority has a statutory duty, and in appropriate circumstances discretionary powers to provide assistance with home to school travel, based on a pupil’s individual needs and circumstances.

Parent and Carers are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly and on time. Most pupils in Sefton:

  • Walk to school accompanied, if necessary, by a parent/carer; or
  • Travel to school on public transport; or
  • Are driven to school by parents. 

Wherever possible the Local Authority (LA) expects parents to make similar arrangements for children attending school.

SEND Travel Support Application Deadline for September 2024

  • If your child or young person already receives travel support and moving to a new school at the start of the new academic year, you must re-apply for travel assistance by 23 May 2024.
  • The final date for all other applications (new and in year transfers) is 7 June 2024.
  • Applications received between 8 June and 15 July will be processed in date order, but we do not guarantee travel arrangements will be in place for September 2024 and parent/carers should make alternative travel arrangements until support from the Local Authority has commenced.
  • Applications received after 15 July 2024 will not be processed until the assessment panel reconvenes on 7 October 2024 and parent/carers must make alternative travel arrangements until support from the Local Authority has commenced.

Mainstream Travel Support (Travel Pass) Application Deadline September 2024

  • The Travel Pass application deadline is 7th June 2024.

School age pupils are eligible for free home to school travel support if they:

  • Are attending their nearest qualifying school and meet the eligible distance criteria relevant to their age group; or
  • Are from a low-income family and are attending a qualifying school and meet the eligible distance criteria; or
  • Attend their nearest qualifying school and unable to walk or access public transport because of their Special Educational Need Disability (SEND) or mobility.

Please note that Sefton Council does not provide financial support for post-16 student travel.

We may still provide travel support to post 16 students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability who cannot travel independently. These are assessed on an individual basis using the Post 16 Transport Policy Statement

Full details including what is a qualifying school can be found in the 

Sefton Home to School Transport Policy 2024/25

Post 16 Travel Policy 2021/22

Home to School Travel Support enables your child to get from home to school. The type of support is based on your child’s individual needs and with regard to the best use of the Council’s resources. This can include a travel pass, independent travel training, personal travel budget or a place on commissioned transport.

Most children eligible for Travel Support will be issued with a travel pass, some children with Special Educational Needs Disability may require a more personalised travel solution.

You can apply by completing an application form for either a Travel Pass or Special Educational Needs and/or Disability Travel Support.

If you are refused a travel pass or travel support under the current policy, you will be offered the right of appeal against the decision. This will be included with any refusal letter you receive.

Appeals Process Home School Travel Fact Sheet

Home to School Travel Support

Telephone:  0151 934 3399


Travel Support Team

Professional Development Centre

225 Park Road


L37 6EW

Public Transport – Merseytravel

Telephone:  0151 330 1000



Post 16 Policy Statement 24 25 (pdf 474KB)
Home To School Policy 24 25 (pdf 1.02MB)

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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