Well, generally, if it is beyond a certain distance (usually walking distance - but walking distance appropriate to age and SN) but it is the nearest adequate school, you're legally entitled to transport.
Sometimes LAs will agree to name a school whilst stating there is an equally suitable one closer, provided it does not cost them the transport.
Depends a lot on your LA's policy. In ours you only get transport to SS if you are over 2 miles or your DC has mobility issues. For MS you only get it if you go to the nearest 'suitable' school (suitable as defined by the LA!) and it's over 2 miles for primary or 3 for secondary.
Crossed! I had to sign a disclaimer when I chose DS2's MS secondary that I would pay all transport costs as there was an equally suitable (yeah, right) school that he would have gone to over my dead body much closer.
What do you mean by resourced? Does it have a special unit? If you can argue that your DS's needs can only be met within this school or one similar (which may be even further away if it exists) then you could give it a shot. The LA might want to argue that any old MS school would be able to meet your DS's needs. Does he have a statement, and does it specify any provision that is only available at this school? That should swing it...
SEN transport is an urban myth Even when it's on the child's statement and you have the numbers and address of who's responsible for sorting it you will have much more chance of finding a unicorn than a taxi Me bitter neeeevvvvveeeerrrrrr!
I am a bit gobsmacked today. I have been into ds's school and there was a new poster up asking for volunteer drivers with their own car. I thought it was for hospital drivers but it was from our Local authority's transport bureau who do both school transport and social services transport. From what it was saying it sounded like some of the volunteer drivers would be doing school transport runs (obviously with crb and driving checks). They pay the volunteer a princely 45p per mile........
I honestly dont know. Ds goes to a special school so most of the transport is by mini bus although there are a few kids who arrive in taxis (but they could be from out of the area) so I suppose it would not be much different to a taxi. It said they do crb checks, a driving assessment and provide escorts if needed. Of course they could be using volunteers for the social services trips rather than school. But it is all cost cutting - they have already tried to get parents interested in having cash and to take their own children and certainly at ds's scbool there was very little (if any) interest!