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.

Parents 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.

Is my child eligible for a Free Travel Pass to school?

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 below.

Sefton Home To School Travel Policy 20 21 (pdf 570KB)
Post 16 Policy Statement 20 21 (pdf 585KB)
Sefton Home To School Travel Policy 20/21 (pdf 570KB)

What is Home to School Travel Support?

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.

Click HERE for more information on Independent Travel Training

Click HERE for more information on Personal Travel Budgets

How do I apply?

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

• If you want to apply for a Travel Pass click HERE 

• If your child has Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and requires personalised Travel Support, please click HERE 

If you are unable to use the portal or would prefer a printed version of the form please contact 0151 934 3399.

Can I appeal if I am refused a travel pass or transport?

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.


Face coverings are mandatory when travelling on public transport and we strongly recommend children and young people wear a face covering when travelling on dedicated home to school transport. This does not apply to children and young people who are exempt.

The pandemic has resulted in changes to our service delivery, please be assured we are doing everything we can to ensure that the team continues to deliver vital transport services and thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Full details of Home to School Travel Support COVID 19 protective measures can be found in our COVID 19 GENERIC Risk Assessment.

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Key Contacts

Home to School Travel Support

Telephone 0151 934 3399
E-mail Travel.Support@Sefton.gov.uk

Ainsdale Hope Centre
Sandringham Road

Public Transport – Merseytravel

Telephone 0151 330 1000
Website www.merseytravel.gov.uk/

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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