It's a parent or carer's responsibility to ensure their child gets to and from school safely every day, including those with additional needs.
The council will help with home to school transport in cases where we consider it necessary to help a child or young person to attend school.
Pupils with additional needs
In a small number of cases, pupils may need help because they have additional needs. These may include school pupils with:
- special educational needs (with or without a statement or education, health and care plan)
- a physical disability (temporary or permanent)
- a medical/psychological condition (temporary or permanent)
- other special needs, including family circumstances
The home to school transport policy and application forms for school-age pupils can be found below.
Home to school transport application form (146k)
Parental responsibility: a guide for parents (977K)
School transport policy (30k)
Service standards (38k)
We are currently asking for views on our draft home to school travel policy. The main changes to the home to school travel policy are that parents/carers will need to provide car seats and that pupils in Year 9 and above will need to re-apply for travel support annually. We are also introducing a two-tier appeals process as recommended by the Department for Education.
More information and to give us your views: https://consultation.gateshead.gov.uk/kms/dmart.aspx?noip=1&strTab=PublicDMart
If the pupil is over the age of 16, you can find information on school and college transport here.
General home to school transport scheme
Some school-age pupils will be entitled to help because they live more than the legal walking distance from their nearest suitable school. In these cases, the council's general policy for transport to school applies.
View the general home to school transport scheme.