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School travel assistance

Councils are required to make suitable free travel arrangements for eligible children to enable them to attend school.  We only provide travel assistance to children of compulsory school age (reception upwards).

Free travel for eligible children does not mean that the transport must be arranged by the Council   if “suitable” transport has already been arranged by others.  It is expected that the provision of free bus services by Transport for London (TfL) will meet the need for travel assistance in almost all cases.

The council’s approach to providing travel assistance is to promote independence and allow children and young people to reach their full potential and Independent Travel Training (ITT) contributes toward this.

Within the London area pupils under the age of 19 in full time education are entitled to free travel on buses operated by Transport for London (TfL).  Hounslow considers that this is sufficient to meet the travel needs of most children and young people.

Our Travel Assistance Policies set out the arrangements for meeting our statutory duty for eligible children and young people and can be accessed. 

It is important that you read the appropriate policy which applies to you - before completing the online application form above.

Please note: having an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) does not automatically mean that a child/young person is eligible for borough provided travel assistance. Assessments for eligibility of council provided travel assistance are made on the needs of the child/young person only. 

In circumstances where parents/carers have decided to send their child to a school that is further away than the school(s) the Council has deemed suitable and available to meet the needs of the child. Parents/carers will be expected to fund and make their own travel arrangements.

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