Suffolk’s School Travel Policy has been amended, so it is important that you understand how this might affect your child’s eligibility for funded school travel from September 2019. All parents now have to opt-in, even if their child is already using Suffolk County Council (SCC) funded school travel.

Students who are placedCloseThe child has been placed at a school by a Local Authority Officer; this includes a placement at the nearest suitable school with places available if none of you preferences can be met or to a special school or specialist unit on the grounds of special educational needs. by the Local Authority at specialist educational provisions do not need to opt-in (apply) for Suffolk County Council Funded School Travel as these are assessed through a different process.

If you are unsure if you need to opt-in (apply) please contact customer services at customer.services@suffolk.gov.uk or on 03456 066173.

Suffolk’s new School Travel Policy is being phased in. This means that if your child receives SCC funded school travel in the 2018/2019 school year they will continue to do so whilst they attend the same school unless they turn 8 years of age and live between 2 and 3 miles from their current primary school, or move house, at which time eligibility would need to be reassessed.

In order for your child to continue to receive SCC funded school travel you must opt-in each year.

Opt in here

Please make sure you put the date you wish to travel from on the application.

If you are applying for this academic year, it should be between 01 March to 24 July 2019.  If it’s for the new school year, the date should be 01 September 2019.

If your child is starting at a new school in September 2019 and they are eligible for SCC funded school travel the SCC Passenger Transport team will write to you by 30 April for secondary / high school pupils and 14 May for primary / middle school pupils. If you think your child is eligible for SCC funded school travel and you haven’t heard from us by the dates above, please complete the please complete the online checker to check your child’s eligibility or contact the SCC Passenger Transport Customer Service team at customer.service@suffolk.gov.uk or call 0345 606 6173.

Opt in here

Please make sure you put the date you wish to travel from on the application.

The Post-16 travel policy has not changed other than agreed increases to the cost of a seat. SCC Post-16 travel for the 2019/2020 academic year will be £750 per annum, and if you are a student with SEND it will be £690 per annum.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for the subsidised post-16 travel offer:

  • Live over 3 miles from your nearest suitable provision (college or sixth form)
  • Live in Suffolk
  • Are studying a full time course (min. 12 hours a week )
  • Started your course before your 19th birthday
  • Are studying a course that is only available at a facility that is not your nearest.

If your child is attending a post-16 educational setting (school sixth form or college etc.) you, or the student will need to apply every year for SCC post-16 travel, regardless of the duration of the course. The deadline to apply for SCC post-16 travel for the 2019/2020 academic year is by 31 May 2019.  Please go to www.suffolkonboard.com/apply.