Proposed changes to the Home to School Travel and Transport policies for 2018

Oxfordshire County Council’s current Home to School Transport Policy is more generous than the law requires for Post 16 students who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and for post16 mainstream students who attend Henley College. Unfortunately, given the continuing pressure on public finances, the Council now needs to critically consider whether it should continue to maintain spending on this non-statutory assistance for these groups of post16 students.


Therefore, Oxfordshire County Council is now consulting on proposed changes to its Home to School Transport Policy. The main proposals include ending free travel for most Post 16 SEND students, ending Post 16 subsidised transport to Henley College, clearly specifying when free travel will be provided to alternative education providers and continuing for a further year the current time limited free travel arrangements for those students who are resident at RAF Benson. In addition, the proposals include specifying charges for the “Spare Seat” scheme for the years 2018/19 to 2022/23.


The free travel arrangements for young people of statutory school age who are resident at RAF Benson and attend Icknield Community College are essentially cost-neutral and are a response to a school places issue in the Wallingford area. Icknield Community College is the nearest school that is likely to be able to offer places to those living at RAF Benson and is over 3 miles from the base.


The proposed charges for the “Spare Seat” scheme for 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23 have been determined by adding 2% for inflation in each successive year. These proposed increases for 2020/21 to 2022/23 are intended to maintain the real cost of the charges and reflect the Government’s 2% target inflation rate for the Bank of England. The charges for 2018/19 and 2019/20 are those originally set by Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet in February 2014.


This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    27 Feb 2018 at 00:00
  • Closed
    30 Apr 2018 at 23:59

Consultation Documents


Contact Name Teresa Goodgame
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number 07747638523