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Bus pass post 16

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EMSMUM16 Tue 18-Apr-17 10:09:52

I am wondering if anyone else is in this situation. The school leaving age is now legally risen to 18 years as opposed to 16 nationally. School transport is provided for children up to 16 ( the previous school leaving age) nationally. However our county is expecting £675 a year for a post 16 bus pass to get her to school on the bus. I just think if the legal school leaving age has risen why is transport not provided until 18 to match the legal school leaving age? I wonder if there are any other parents out there in the same position?

titchy Tue 18-Apr-17 21:50:35

The legal SCHOOL leaving age remains at 16, hence why continuing the rule of supply free transport to year 11 and under still applies.

The age at which young people must continue with some sort of education or training is what is now 18 and includes part time study whilst working, a paid apprenticeship or various other options.

SSDGM Thu 20-Apr-17 23:38:21

In the West Mids you can apply for a 16-18 travel card that their college or 6th form can validate to say that your child is a student and they will still qualify for 50% off fares. It may be an idea to see if you can get that in your county.

FlyingSquid Thu 20-Apr-17 23:40:16

£675 you say? Ours is over £900. Think I'll move house.

BackforGood Thu 20-Apr-17 23:51:17

School transport is only provided for U16s if the school is more than 3 miles away though, and then only if it's not your choice to send them there (I think? I haven't investigated recently)
It's not a national 'right' for all pupils.
I believe in London TfL allows U16s to travel free, but the rest of us don't get that. Many, many parents have to pay for travel where I live, all through school.

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