Transport policy for children in Nottingham, your choices and useful links
Nottingham City Council would prefer all children to walk from home to school to encourage exercise and promote children's health.
For reasons that vary across the city this is not always possible and the journey to school should merit some careful consideration for both parent and pupil when choosing a school. Travel options should be investigated to ensure that suitable transport is available or the school is within walking or cycling distance from home.
For some children, regardless of their proximity to school, walking is not an option. Where this is the case the Council would prefer pupils to use public transport services instead of travelling by car. Bus and tram services pass nearby to every secondary school in the City of Nottingham. Bus and tram operators offer discounted tickets to children aged under 16 years.
Every parent/carer has a responsibility to ensure their child's regular attendance at school and this may involve accompanying your child all or part of the way to school. In some cases the Council may offer assistance with travel if the school your child is attending is the designated school (the catchment school for the area you live in) or nearest school to your home address. However, this is dependant on the age of your child and the distance from your home to the school. Assistance will normally be offered in the form of a bus pass.
Pupils Aged Under 8 Years of Age
Transport will only be considered if the pupil lives more than 2 miles walking distance from their designated school.
Pupils Aged 8 Years and Over
8 to 11
Transport will only be considered if the pupil lives more than 3 miles walking distance from their designated school.
Parents should bear this in mind when making their choice of school as travel assistance will not normally be considered for pupils attending a preferred school unless this school is nearer than their designated school and over the prescribed walking distance.
Low Income Families
Primary School Pupils Aged 8 to 11
Free transport will be provided to eligible pupils who are in receipt of Free School Meals or whose parents are in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit, where their designated school is over 2 miles walking distance from their home address.
School Transport Policy
If you would like further information or wish to discuss a particular issue please contact The School Transport Team on 0115 876 5049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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