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In certain circumstances, Camden will make arrangements for the transport of pupils from home to school or college.

The council’s transport policy is used to decide whether a child is eligible for free travel permits or assisted transport.

Please click here to view the SEND Travel Assistance Policy.

Please click here to view and download the Request for Home to School or College Special Travel Arrangement.

School transport

If your child is of compulsory school age they’re entitled to free school transport if they live further away than the statutory walking distance from the nearest school with places, that provides education appropriate to their age, ability and aptitude.
The statutory walking distance is over:

  • two miles from home to school for children of primary school age
  • three miles from home to school for children of secondary school age

Your child or young person isn’t automatically entitled to free school transport if they have SEND or have an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan. The normal criteria still apply.

If your child’s EHC plan says that their needs can be met at a mainstream school, the normal eligibility criteria apply, unless they can’t walk the specified distance for their age because of a disability or health condition.

If your child goes to a school that has been named as parental preference, which isn’t the nearest suitable school, or the designated school for their home address, then the local authority isn’t obliged to provide transport.

Click here to download the Travel Assistance Policy.

Click here to download Travel Application form.

For further information see the IPSEA transport guide (link opens in a new window).