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Transport Assistance for 16 to 25 Year Olds

Criteria for transport assistance for 16 to 19 year olds

Pupils and students will qualify for transport assistance if they are starting a new course and are aged between 16 and 19 providing they meet either criteria 1 or 2:

Criteria 1

  • 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 Education Health and Care Plan or a 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)

Criteria 2

  • 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

Eligible students are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of their transport.  For the academic year 2017-2018 this is £450 per annum, which can be paid in three instalments if preferred. 

This contribution can be waived for families on a low income ie meeting the eligibility criteria for Pupil Premium or receiving Working Tax Credit at the maximum level.

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

Criteria for transport assistance for 20 to 25 year olds

For pupils aged between 20 and 25 assistance with transport may be extended if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are a Poole resident
  • Are aged between 20 and 25 at the beginning of the academic year 
  • Have a current Education Health and Care Plan statement of Special Educational Needs
  • Live 5 miles or more from their school or college
  • Attend the nearest school or college offering an appropriate course ie one that enables the student to meet his or her employment objectives or is designed to meet the students special educational needs.  This will be determined by the Borough of Poole SEND Team 

Eligible students are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of their transport.  For the academic year 2017-2018 this is £450 per annum, which can be paid in three instalments if preferred. 

This contribution can be waived for families on a low income i.e. meeting the eligibility criteria for Pupil Premium or receiving Working Tax Credit at the maximum level.

If you think you 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?

If you are 16 to 19 years old you can apply to your place of study for a Bursary through the 16-19 Bursary Fund 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 a disability you may be entitled to a Connect Pass for off-peak travel on local bus services.

Schools, colleges and 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.

Bournemouth and Poole College

Bournemouth and Poole College is well-served by public bus services through morebus and Yellow Buses, with season tickets and travel passes available.

Bournemouth and Poole College offer a range of bursaries and grants, some of which are designed to assist with travel costs.

Brockenhurst College

Brockenhurst College provides subsidised travel to students via the national rail network, served by South West Trains, and an extensive network of College bus routes.

Kingston Maurward

Kingston Maurward College operates a subsidised double decker bus and minibus service for students with pickup points across the county.

Sixth Form

If you are attending a school sixth form, your school may be able to offer you some level of financial support.  This will vary in different schools, so please contact  your school direct to ask whether they can offer any help.

Appeals

If you are refused transport assistance you can appeal against the decision.

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