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:
- By completing the online survey or returning the questionnaire included in the consultation document.
- Email comments to SAPAdmin@southglos.gov.uk
- Write to:
Strategy, Access & Planning Admin
Department for Children & Young People
PO Box 2082
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.
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Summary of Results
Discretionary home to school transport consultation result
Results of the review of discretionary home to school transport consultation
Review of Discretionary Home to School Transport
This document explains South Gloucestershire Council's review of the current discretionary transport to school arrangements and should be read before answering the questionnaire.
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