A child may qualify for potential eligibility under the 'low income' provisions if they are entitled to free school lunches, or if their parents or carers receive working tax credit at the maximum rate.

Junior age children (aged 8 – 10) from low income families who live more than 2 miles (rather than 3) from their nearest suitable school become eligible for free school transport from the LA. (Children under 8 who live more than 2 miles from their nearest suitable school are eligible under the statutory walking distance category.

Secondary school age children from low income families who attend schools over 2 and up to 6 miles from their home will be eligible for free school transport even if the school they attend is not their nearest suitable school, providing there are not three or more suitable schools which are nearer to their home.

Secondary age children from low income families who attend a school over 2 miles but under 15 miles away from home will be entitled to free school transport if their parent has expressed a wish for them to be educated at that particular school based on the parent’s religion or belief and, having regard to that religion or belief, there is no nearer suitable school. This applies to parents with a particular religious or philosophical belief, including those with a lack of religion or lack of belief.

Secondary age pupils from low income families who receive education elsewhere than in school, for example, if the child is excluded from school and is receiving education at an alternative provision placement which is over 2 and up to 6 miles from their home will also be eligible for LA school transport, whether or not there is a nearer suitable school.

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