The Review of Discretionary Home to School Transport

South Gloucestershire Council wishes to review the current arrangements for home to school travel to voluntary aided church schools and to certain primary schools from rural areas.  As part of this process of review the council is conducting this public consultation about possible change. 

All home to school transport is under regular scrutiny to ensure that council policies are fair for children and families and represent effective use of available resources.  In the current year, the estimated cost of these discretionary transport arrangements is about £380,000 which is 8.7% of the total home to school transport budget.

The main point in this current review is the possible withdrawal of free transport for some children with effect from 1 September 2013. 

We are seeking your views on this proposal.  Your views will be taken into account before any decision is made. The remainder of this consultation paper is divided into two parts: 

  • Transport to Voluntary Aided Church Schools.
  • Transport to Primary Schools from Rural Areas.

Anyone who has a view on this proposed change is very welcome to put their views forward.

Responses/comments may be put forward in any of the following ways:

  1. By completing the online survey or returning the questionnaire included in the consultation document.
  2. Email comments to
  3. Write to:
    Strategy, Access & Planning Admin
    Department for Children & Young People
    PO Box 2082
    Castle Street
    BS35 9BQ

The closing date for this consultation was Friday 27 April 2012.

This consultation has now closed and the following has been agreed.

At the meeting on 20 June 2012, the new CYP Committee approved the ending of discretionary free home to school transport in respect of:

  • Attendance of VA Church Schools
  • Historical rural provision to Pucklechurch, St Helen's and Trinity Schools

with effect from 1 September 2013.

This means no new provision for children joining schools (Reception, Year 7, or moving house) from that date.  For existing passengers, transport will still be provided as they age out, subject to a charge of £120 per child per old term (£360 per year).  This will be remitted in the case of low income families.

Transport will continue to be provided to VA Secondary Church Schools for those pupils (around 5-7%) who qualify under the national/statutory low income scheme.

For the road transport provision (currently 28 pupils), many will have an alternative entitlement on hazardous route grounds.  Even so, this will bring these areas into line with the transport policies which obtain in the rest of South Gloucestershire.

Details about implementation of these changes will follow in due course.




  • Opened
    29 Feb 2012 at 17:00
  • Closed
    27 Apr 2012 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    20 Jun 2012

Summary of Results



Consultation Topic
  • Children and young people
  • Education and early years
  • Transportation planning & policy
Geographical area
  • Almondsbury
  • Bitton
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Stoke Park
  • Hanham
  • Kings Chase
  • Ladden Brook
  • Longwell Green
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Patchway
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Rodway
  • Severn
  • Siston
  • Staple Hill
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Thornbury North
  • Thornbury South and Alveston
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience
  • Children
  • Faith groups
  • Gypsies & travellers
  • Parent, carers and guardians
  • Service users
  • Young people
Contact Details

If you have any questions, please contact
Tony Saunders
Strategy, Access & Planning Admin
Department for Children & Young People
PO Box 2082, Council Offices
Castle Street, Thornbury
South Gloucestershire 
BS35 9BQ