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Bonkerz Tue 17-Nov-15 19:04:29

HELp. I think we have a good argument but I need help putting it properly

My son is attended a priory group school since age 8. He has a statement that has always provided transport. This school is the only one that can meet his complex needs. He is transferring to EHCP and the council have agreed the school is still the closest one that meets his needs. It's 7 miles away.
Ds turns 16 in July 2016 and the council have now said they will no longer provide transport.

This is where it gets complicated.

The council do not have a separate SelEN transport policy and state that once the pupil turns 16 they have no obligation to provide transport.
They can subsidise it for all post 16 year olds at a cost of £700 a year (we cannot afford this).
We don't qualify for free transport as we earn £4K more than cut off for help.

Ds has not sat any GCSEs yet. He has just started the curriculum and the plan is to sit them in 2017. This is due to Ds disability (autism/ADHD/ emotional disregulation and anxiety)

Because he attends a priory school (not our choice) we cannot access the gov bursary to help pay for transport. If he was at a mainstream SEN school he would qualify for this as he gets DLA.

We seem to be stuck. Through no fault of our own.

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