As we have a predominantly rural catchment area, many of you will wish to know about travel arrangements for your children. An official copy of the LA transport policy is available on the Council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/collegetransport.
We encourage students to walk to school or to cycle where this is practicable. In addition to being the healthiest ways for children to come to school, they also reduce traffic emissions and congestion at the school.
It is the case, though, that many children live too far away to walk or cycle. The parent is responsible for providing the necessary transport for their son/daughter if they are in Years 7-11, unless:
- She/he lives more than 3 miles from the ‘designated’ school, measured by the shortest route
- There are agreed health grounds for the Local Authority to provide transport
- She/he has a statement of Special Educational Needs which specifies that transport is required
If your child lives within the ‘3 mile limit’ it may be possible for them to travel as a concessionary rider, at a charge to you, if a seat is available on a bus which is contracted to the County Council. If you are in receipt of welfare support, that charge may be reduced.
Students over 16
Students over 16 are responsible for their own journeys to school. The cost of subsidised transport in 2013/14 is £327 per academic year, payable in whole or in termly installments. If an over-16 wishes to travel on County Council provided transport an application form must be completed. Applications can be made on-line or by completing the application form; both are available at www.cornwall.gov.uk/collegetransport . Application forms can also be obtained by contacting the Transport Team on 0300 1234101.