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Transport Assistance for 16 to 19 Year Olds

If you are a 16 to 19 year old student, you can apply for transport assistance. The qualifying criteria below relate to the 2014-15 academic year.

Pupils and students starting new courses will qualify for transport assistance if they meet either all of the following criteria:

  • Are a Poole resident
  • Are aged between 16 and 19 at the beginning of the academic year in which they are applying
  • Have a current statement of Special Educational Needs
  • Live 5 miles or more from their school or college
  • Attend the nearest school or college offering their preferred courses (or a substantial match)

or all of the following criteria

  • Are a Poole resident
  • Are aged between 16 and 19 at the beginning of the academic year in which they are applying
  • Have previously had a statement of Special Educational Needs (lapsed at age 16) or a significant disability or medical condition (must be supported by appropriate documentary evidence)
  • Live 5 miles or more from their school or college
  • Attend the nearest school or college offering their preferred courses (or a substantial match)
  • Are on a low income i.e. would meet the eligibility criteria for free school meals or their parent claims Working Tax Credit at the maximum level.

If you think your son or daughter may meet these criteria, you can email schoolmeals.transport@poole.gov.uk or telephone us on 01202 634250 for further information and advice.

Can I still get help if I do not qualify on any of the above grounds?

You can apply to your place of study for a Bursery of up to £1,200 through the 16-19 Bursary Scheme if one of the following applies:

  • you are in or recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit in your name
  • you are disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance and either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment in your name

You can contact your school or college for more details. 

If you are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, there may be an element within your allowance that relates to transport already.

If you have Special Educational Needs or a disability that precludes you from driving such as being blind/partially sighted, or epileptic, you can apply for a Connect Pass.

Schools, colleges & training providers may also be able to award bursaries to young people on a discretionary basis, please contact your school or college for further information.

Appeals

If you are refused transport assistance and would like to appeal against the decision please contact the Free School Meals and Education Transport Team for further advice.  

You will be sent a further form to complete and will be asked to provide information/evidence in support of your appeal.  

Appeals are initially considered by senior officers within Children, Young People and Learning and may be given further consideration by elected Members (local councillors) where appropriate.

Making a complaint

If you wish to make a complaint, please contact the Free School Meals and Education Transport Team.  

We will try to resolve  your complaint within ten working days, but if your complaint is complicated it may take more time, in which case you will be advised of likely timescales.  

If you are unhappy with the response to your complaint, you can ask for your complaint to be investigated/reviewed.  If you are still unhappy, you can contact the Local Government Ombudsman.

Contact us

Email 
schoolmeals.transport@
poole.gov.uk

Telephone
01202 634250

Text Relay
18001 01202 634250

Address
Children, Young People & Learning
Dolphin Centre
Poole
BH15 1SA