Post-16 students don't receive free transport to school or college but can still make use of a range of services.
The raising of the participation age under the Education and Skills Act 2008, requiring young people to participate in education or training up to their 18th birthday, has not created any new entitlement to transport beyond age sixteen.
We have a post-16 transport policy statement which sets out the provision for mainstream students aged between 16 and 19 and for students with special needs and disabilities aged 16-25. A parent/ carer contribution towards the cost of sixth form special needs transport was introduced in September 2014. The contribution for 2016/2017 will be £365 or £245 for those on a low income.
Post-16 students in full-time education continue to be eligible for reduced fare travel passes, on buses and trains in Derbyshire including destinations just outside the county, up to their 19th birthday under our concessionary fares scheme operated through the b_line card.
Further information is provided on the YOUTHINC website (opens in a new window).
To ensure that transport and other factors are not a barrier to post-16 education, the government has made arrangements for getting financial help to students who need it most.
Schools, colleges and training providers now have bursary funds to help students facing financial hardship. For advice, speak to your tutor at school or college. You can also find out more at the governments 16-19 Bursary Fund page (opens in a new window).
You can contact the Admissions and Transport team for further information on transport:
Telephone: 01629 537479
For full details of post-16 transport and travel assistance see our Post 16 Transport Policy (opens in a new window)