School travel support

School bus

When choosing a school place, it is important to think about how your child will travel to and from school each day. Most families organise their own home to school journey, like walking, cycling, using public transport or lift-sharing with other families.

However, we have a duty to support children with their school journey, providing they meet specific criteria for this support.

Remember: Assessment for travel assistance will be determined once a school place has been allocated by Southampton City Council at a suitable school.

Who is eligible for school travel support?

This depends on the age of the child, the distance from home to school, and whether any ‘extended rights’ apply.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan: These applications will be assessed by the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team.

Children between 16 – 25 years old: There are two types of support available to students who live in Southampton and are of sixth form age and is managed via a different application process.

Children attending a mainstream school

There are two age groups that determine what criteria apply:

  • For children in Reception and under 8 years old
  • For children over eight years old and under 16

You can read our home to school transport policy for more information and a table of eligibility criteria.