Where the authority is not able to admit a child to the nearest suitable and available school, help will be provided to the next nearest suitable and available school, subject to the distance to school exceeding two miles (over three miles after Year 3).
This rule will only apply where your nearest suitable and available school was listed as one of your preferences.
Free transport usually means a free bus pass, a place on a hired coach or the refund of fares. These arrangements are renewed yearly. New applications for free school travel should be made using the TA1 form which is available above, or from Customer and Exchquer Services and schools.
All children have the right to safe and trouble free travel. You have a key role in helping your child to understand the importance of
correct behaviour on school transport. We ask for your cooperation with school and the local authority in this matter.
What can parents expect from the local authority?
We will provide safe and trouble free transport for your child
We will respond to bus pass requests within 7 days
Pupils who qualify for a bus pass will receive it within 3 weeks of the application being received. This can take longer during summer when new passes are being processed for September.
We will replace lost or stolen bus passes within 7 days of the loss being reported to Customer and Exchequer Services.
Failure by the LA to meet these deadlines will entitle you to reclaim travel expenses incurred by you.
What would the local authority like parents of children receiving assistance with school transport to do?
We would like you to encourage your child to behave well on school transport
We would like you to cooperate with the school, Kirklees Council and the operator if your child is having any problems
We would like you to make other arrangements for your child to travel to school if transport is withdrawn, because of your child's
What does the local authority expect from your child?
We expect them to carry their pass/ticket with them on each journey
On vehicles contracted by the authority, they must stay seated whilst the bus is moving. when using public transport, they should use a seat when available (though buses can also transport standing passengers within the vehicles capacity restrictions)
This is for their own safety and the safety of other passengers
They use the seatbelts that are provided on every journey when available
That they are polite to other bus users and behave appropriately; Behaviour of children, where the safety of others is put at risk,
or damage is caused to property of others, can result in temporary or permanent withdrawal of transport
Parents may also be requested to pay for any damage their child has caused.