Could you be entitled to free transport assistance to school?
It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school although there are circumstances where we have a duty to assist you. The circumstances where this is applicable are outlined in the full home to school transport policy which is published in the admissions booklet and is also available at: Home to School Transport .
This page provides a summary of the key criteria for assessing eligibility and is intended for guidance purposes only to help you determine whether to make an application for transport assistance. If you think you might be eligible and your child is due to transfer to secondary school next September you will receive an application form from your child’s primary school sometime shortly following your admissions allocation letter. An application form for assistance is also available to download at Home to School Transport .
- Are you entitled to receive free school meals for your child
- Do you receive the maximum level of working tax credit (you would need to look at your latest tax credit award form from HM Revenues and Customs, looking at Part 2, Working Tax Credits - if the figure next to Reduction due to your income is £0.00, then you receive the maximum working tax credit)
If you have answered no to either of the above see So you’re not on low income but are you still eligible. If you have answered yes continue reading below.
- Are you a resident of Calderdale?
- Do you think the distance to your child’s school is over 2 miles but less than 6 from your home?
- Is the school one of the 3 nearest schools to your home address?
If you answered yes to all three questions then you may be eligible for transport assistance and should complete an application form so we can assess it for you.
How we assess your eligibility based on Working Tax Credits
Using your most recent tax credits award notice provided by HM Revenue and Customs you need to look at Part 2 Working Tax Credit elements. See the example:
Working Tax Credit elements basic from 08/10/yy to 05/04/yy (181 days) £856.13
Lone parent from 08/10/yy to05/04/yy (181 days) £841.65
30-hour element from 08/10/yy to 05/04/yy (181 days) £349.33
Total Working Tax Credit elements (other than children) £2047.11
Reduction due to your income £0.00
Amount for the period £2047.11
If you have a zero amount like above this means you are eligible for transport assistance providing you meet the remaining criteria mentioned earlier. If there is an amount of money next to this heading the low income criteria cannot be used in your assessment.
What if my child is going to a school based on my faith or beliefs?
If your child is going to a school based on religion or belief transport assistance may be provided if:
- You are a resident of Calderdale
- It is your highest ranked preference on your common preference form
- It is the nearest school of that faith or belief
- It is between 2 and 15 miles
- You are on low income as detailed in Are you entitled to transport assistance on the grounds of low income eligibility.
A belief has to be more than your opinion or an idea. You must have a genuine belief and the responsibility is on you to provide relevant evidence that there is a real reason behind your request. An example of a belief which is not included is your wish for your child to attend a particular category of school (eg a grammar school).
If you think you meet all the above please complete an application form so we can assess it for you.
- Are you a resident of Calderdale?
- Is your child attending their nearest school to your home address?
- Do you think the school is over 3 miles from your home address?
If you answered YES to all three questions then you may be eligible for transport assistance and should complete an application form so we can assess it for you.
- Username Access and School Planning Team
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone 01422 392749
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