Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

Transport - School and College

Address: Transport - School and College, Portsmouth City Council Civic Offices Guildhall Square Portsmouth, PO1 2EA


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Home to School transport and Post 16 Transport to Schools and Colleges

Are you concerned about how to get your child to school? 

Or are you a student with an Education Health and Care Plan wondering how you are going to get to college?   

Here is some useful information that may help you understand whether you meet the criteria for assistance with transport to school or college, how to apply for transport to school or college and how this might work for you. 

Portsmouth City Council will provide assistance with transport to a place of education where a student meets the criteria set out in the Home to School Transport Policy and Post 16 Learners Statement.  If you would like to read this policy in full please click here 2019-2020 Transport Policy.docx

Transport is procured, monitored and managed by Portsmouth City Council Integrated Transport Unit and eligibility is assessed by the Special Educational Needs and Disability, Access and Entitlement Team.  Transport assistance is usually provided in the form of a bus pass, out-sourced taxis or minibuses and in some cases parent/carers may decide to take a personal transport budget and make their own arrangements to ensure their child gets to school safely.  If you would like more information about Personal Transport Budgets please click here   SEND Personal Budget Leaflet.pdf

If you would like to contact someone to discuss any aspect of home to school or post 16 transport, request an application form or discuss an application, appeal or personal transport budget please contact:

The Access and Entitlement Team

Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 2EA

Telephone:  02392 834945 or 02392 688101    

Email:  Julie.Sabiston@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or Karen.Giles@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

If your child is awarded transport assistance and you wish to discuss the arrangements that will be made to transport your child ie the time or place your child will be picked up, or the mode of transport that your child will access etc, please contact the Integrated Transport Unit on:

Telephone:  02392 831345

Email:  Transport@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

So who might be entitled to assistance with transport to school?


Children with an Education Health and Care Plan who are under the age of 16 years (Reception to Year 11)


Home to School Transport for children attending a mainstream school


Post 16 Transport for Students with Special Educational Needs and Disability


Every year we will consult on our home to school transport policy and post 16 learners statement before finalising it.  We always take into consideration all of the comments we receive from stakeholders but it is not always possible to make the changes that are suggested.  If you require more information about home to school or home to college transport please click on the links below.

PDF   Home to School Transport Application Form 

PDF   Home to College Transport Application Form

2018-2019  Home to School Transport Policy and Post 16 Learners Statement
Part One -  Statutory criteria for transport assistance for children of statutory school age
Part Two -  Post 16 Transport Statement for Learners in Further Education and Continuing Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Part Three - Non statutory assistance under the Exceptional Circumstances Criteria
Part Four -  Important information for Travel Assistance to Schools and Colleges or Learning Providers
Appendix A - Home to School/College Transport Appeal Process
2017-2018 Home to School Transport Policy and Post 16 Learners Statement
Eligibility Criteria/Appeals Process:
Section 1 - Home to School Transport Assistance Policy including Student Eligibility Grid.


Section 2 - Post 16 transport statement for learners in Further Education and continued learners with learning difficulties and disabiilities up to 25 years.


Section 3 - Non statutory assistance under the exceptional circumstances criteria.


Section 4 - Important information for travel assistance to Schools, Colleges or Learning Providers


Section 5 - Appeals process.


Bus Pass Application for Secondary School 2017 - 18


If a child uses Portsmouth's Home to School Transport Service, and they have a regular escort in their taxi or minibus, they will be provided with a "One page profile".  Parents are asked to complete this form, if they wish to do so.  The information that parents provide helps the regular escort to support the child on their journey to and from school, by informing them of all the things that are special to that child.  Copies of the forms can be found below:

One page profile - younger children


One page profile - older children


Quality standards and expected outcomes for children and young people and their families accessing your services:
Home to school and home to college transport will be assessed against set criteria and parents informed of the outcome. 
How can this service be accessed?:
This service is accessible to all parents via telephone or email.
How and who to make a complaint to:
Contact Details:
Access & Entitlement Officer
Portsmouth City Council
Floor 2, Core 2
Civic Offices
Guildhall Square

Email address: Julie.sabiston@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Tel: 023 9283 4945

 A leaflet on Personal Transport Budgets can be found below


Guidelines on Adult Social Care Transport for those over the age of 18 can be found at http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/461







Tel: 023 9282 2251

Service Category: Education, Adulthood, Education, Learning and Work, Education Service

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