School and College Transport Assistance
Please read the following carefully before making any application, and read the Low Income Criteria download at the bottom of the page to see if you qualify as a Low Income Household. If your child receives high rate Disability Living Allowance for mobility or enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment for mobility, please contact the Transport Entitlement Officer by phone on 01702 215007 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their transport needs.
If you are thinking of applying on behalf of a looked after child, it may be helpful to speak first with their social worker before making any application.
For FAQ's please download the Frequently Asked Questions pdf.
Primary and Secondary Schools
You qualify for travel assistance to primary or secondary school if your home address is in the Borough of Southend and one of the following applies to you:
- You are a primary school student, you applied to your nearest school for a place and we were not able to provide a school place within two walking miles of your home address
- You are a secondary school student, you applied to your nearest school for a place and we were not able to provide a school place within three walking miles of your home address
- You are a secondary school student, are registered for Free School Meals or live in a Low Income Household and you attend a selective school in Southend which is between two and six walking miles from your home address
- You are a secondary school student, are registered for Free School Meals or live in a Low Income Household, you attend a school which is between two and six walking miles of your home address and which is one of the three closest appropriate secondary schools
- You are a primary or secondary school student, attend the nearest Denominational (Faith) school on the grounds of religious belief within two to fifteen walking miles of your home address with vacancies in the appropriate year group and you are registered for Free School Meals or live in a Low Income Household
- You are a secondary school student studying GCSEs, move home during year 10 or 11 and your existing school is at least three walking miles from your new home address
Sixth Forms and Colleges
You qualify for travel assistance to a publicly funded sixth form or college in the Southend, Rochford and Castle Point areas if all of the following six points apply to you:
- You meet the criteria for Free School Meals or you live in a Low Income Household
- Your home address is in the Borough of Southend
- Your home address is over three walking miles from the sixth form or college
- You are under 19 years old on 1st September 2019 (or were under 19 years old on 1st September 2018 if you are commencing the second year of a course)
- You are on a full-time course (a minimum of 450 hours of guided learning spread evenly over 36 weeks of the academic year)
- You attend the nearest publicly-funded sixth form or college offering the course to be studied. If you study a multi-subject course such as A levels you must attend the nearest sixth form or college offering 50% or more of those subjects
You qualify for travel assistance to a publicly funded sixth form or college outside the Southend, Rochford and Castle Point areas if either:
- Points 1 to 6 above for places within Southend/Rochford/Castle Point apply to you or
- Points 2 to 6 above apply to you and your parent/carer makes a contribution of £560 (or the equivalent of an adult annual Octopus pass for Southend, whichever is the greater) towards the cost of transport by 31st March 2020
How to apply
Please read the Primary and Secondary School Transport Guidance Notes 2019-20 or Post 16 College and Sixth Form Transport Guidance Notes 2019-20 before completing the relevant online application.
- Fill in the relevant online form found on the left of this page. For Denominational (Faith) Schools, you will need to download and complete a Denominational (Faith) School Transport Application Form, which your celebrant will also be required to complete. You will find this in Most Popular Downloads at the bottom of the page
- Online applications can take up to ten working days to process, but during July to September may take longer. For transport assistance to be issued by 1st September an application should be submitted by 24th July. After your application has been submitted, an email (containing a unique reference number) will be sent to you confirming it has been received. If you do not receive such a confirmation, it may be that your application was incomplete, and may need to be made again. Incomplete applications cannot be processed
- Decisions are advised by email - please ensure you provide an accurate email address and remember to also check your junk/spam box for a decision
Upon confirmation that your child is eligible, we will email you with the following information:
- which pass has been agreed and how it will be issued to you
- if the award is to be a direct payment, the amount of the cost of the annual pass (or the cost of relevant tickets if less than a year) and information about where the pass can be purchased from
For direct payments, we will also attach a form that should be completed with your nominated bank account details and returned to us. This will enable payment to be made to you for purchase of the relevant pass.
Please note that if it is deemed a rail pass is to be issued we will provide this and details will be given in a confirmation email.
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan should contact their Special Educational Needs Case Officer to discuss their transport needs or to obtain a Request for Travel Assistance form.
Replacement Travel Passes
Any lost/damaged/stolen pass should be reported directly to the relevant transport provider. It is the applicant’s responsibility to do this, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are not able to become involved in this process. If there is a charge made, some schools may be able to help in extreme hardship cases.
Page last updated: 23/10/2019