Most children make their own way to school either accompanied by their parents, or independently if they are older. For some disabled children this may not be possible, either because their school is too far away, or because they are not able to walk or use public transport in the same way as other children. If your child has Special Educational Needs (SEN), you may be entitled to free transport and/or help in getting to and from school or college.

Find out eligibility criteria, further information and apply online here.


The Farepayer Scheme offers any spare seats on our school buses to school pupils and post-16 students who live in West Berkshire, and who are not eligible for free transport. Find out more and apply online here.

Transport for post-16 Special Educational Needs students between home and school or college. Find out eligibility criteria and apply online here.

Appealing a decision about a home to school transport application

If you feel that a decision has been made to refuse your home-to-school transport application, but that further information should be considered because there are Exceptional Circumstances, you can appeal. Find out more here.

The Council is responsible for setting a Home to School Transport policy which is reviewed annually. You can read the current policy here

School Age: To read the statutory guidance on making home-to-school travel arrangements for children and young people, and on promoting sustainable travel please click here.

Post 16: To read the statutory guidance for local authorities on supplying transport to students and trainees aged 16 and over please click here.

IPSEA have more information about school/college transport here

Contact have a wide range of resources about transport including various helpful factsheets. Click here to find out more.

The IASS Network have written an information sheet for parents which aims to dispell the common myths we hear from parents about home to school transport. ‘top myths for home to school transport’

SENTAS is an organisation that provides parents/carers and young adults with advice, information and advocacy around issues with SEN home to school or college transport. Click here to go to their website.