The following transport statement applies to travel in the 2017/18 academic year.
Students aged 16 to 19 years continuing their education in a mainstream setting do not usually qualify for travel assistance. The Newcastle 16 to 19 School Bursary Scheme offers financial assistance for young people to continue their learning and this can help with travel costs.
Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Some students aged 16 to 19 years with special educational needs, a disability or a medical need may be eligible for travel support if they study full time on an approved course, provided that assistance is necessary in order for the student to attend the place of study. Support will usually be in the form of a travel permit unless exceptional circumstances apply. The local authority works in partnership with schools and colleges to promote independent travel and cost effective travel programmes where appropriate for students over compulsory school age.
Students with special educational needs or a disability aged 16 to 25 years who attend a Further Education College have the same entitlement to travel assistance as those attending a mainstream school setting, except for the following:
- Escorts may be provided to a further education establishment if a student's disability or medical condition requires this.
- Assistance required to alight from transportation must be organised by prior arrangement with the college staff.
- Support is only available for attendance at establishments in the Newcastle area, except in exceptional circumstances.
Applications for travel support for post-16 students with additional needs will be assessed in accordance with the criteria outlined in the Newcastle home to school travel policy for students with additional needs.
If you wish to appeal or complain against a decision not to provide transport support to a post-16 student, please complete our online complaints form. You must state why you disagree with the decision and provide any additional information to support your complaint. We will review our decision in the light of any new evidence provided, this will then be communicated to the learner within 15 days.