Transport assistance for 16 to 25 year olds

Criteria for transport assistance for 16 to 19 year olds

Students will qualify for transport assistance if they are starting a new course and are aged between 16 and 19 providing, they meet either all of criteria 1 or all of criteria 2.

Criteria 1:

  • are a Poole resident 
  • studying a full-time course
  • are aged between 16-19 at the beginning of the academic year in which they are applying. In some cases it may be possible to support students up to the age of 25 if they are continuing on an existing course of study
  • have a current EHCP or statement of Special Educational Needs
  • studying at a school or college that is more than 5 miles from where the student lives
  • attending the nearest suitable school or college offering a course that is compatible with their employment or educational objectives. It will be for the local authority to decide if a course is compatible

Criteria 2:

  • are a Poole resident 
  • studying a full-time course
  • are aged between 16-19 at the beginning of the academic year in which they are applying. In some cases it may be possible to support students up to the age of 25 if they are continuing on an existing course of study
  • has previously had an EHCP or statement of Special Educational Needs
  • does the student has an ongoing significant disability or medical condition? Must be supported by appropriate documentary evidence eg a letter from a GP, specialist or consultant detailing the nature of the condition and how it impacts on travel.
  • studying at a school or college that is more than 5 miles from where the student lives
  • attending the nearest suitable school or college offering a course that is compatible with their employment or educational objectives. It will be for the local authority to decide if a course is compatible 

Eligible students are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of their transport. For the 2020/21 academic year this is £525 per annum, which can be paid in 3 instalments, if preferred. 

This contribution can be waived for families on a low income, that is, 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@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or telephone us on 01202 634250 for further information and advice. You can download the application form

For transport assistance for the academic year 2019/20 please download this application form

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, that is, 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 our SEND Team  

Eligible students are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of their transport. For the academic year 2020/21 this is £525 per annum, which can be paid in 3 instalments if preferred. 

This contribution can be waived for families on a low income, that is, 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@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or telephone us on 01202 634250 for further information and advice. You can download the application form

For transport assistance for the academic year 2019/20 please download this application form

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 Western Railway, 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 10 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.

Page last updated: 28 February 2020
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