SEN Transport Law
Your child may be eligible for free or subsidised travel to and from school. The law requires the LA to arrange free, suitable, home to school transport for children of compulsory school age who are “eligible” to their nearest suitable school.
Having SEN and or a disability is one of the criteria for being an eligible child. You can find out more on SEN transport Law from the IPSEA website.
City of Westminster Council SEN Transport Policy
Westminster City Council (WCC) shares a SEND Home to School Travel Assistance policy with The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF). Each Local Authority has sovereign responsibility despite being part of a shared services arrangement. This means that the three boroughs will work together as far as possible but each borough retains, as necessary, their own policy, approach, decision making, sharing provision where appropriate and accountability to the residents of the relevant borough. The Full WCC Transport policy can be downloaded here.
If your child cannot walk to school because of their special educational needs and disabilities or because of a mobility problem, they are likely to be entitled to free school transport, but the Local Authority will need to assess a child's transport needs individually. To find out more about the criteria for assistance you can download the Council’s policy on applying for assistance with home to school travel costs here.
If required, we can help you to check your eligibility for free transport, or you can submit an application directly via the WCC Admissions Team.
If your child is over the age of 16, he or she may still be eligible for assistance. The Post-16 transport to education and training policy document from the Department for Education can be downloaded here.
How to appeal against a transport decision
If you are unhappy with the outcome of a transport decision you may be able to appeal against it. You can find out more about how to appeal form the Home to school travel and transport guidance from the Department for Education.