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Post-16 travel to school

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 16.

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 to 25. A parent and carer contribution towards the cost of sixth form special needs transport was introduced in September 2014. The contribution for 2023 to 2024 is £483 standard rate or £326 for those on a low income. This is subject to annual adjustment.

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.

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 about the 16 to 19 bursary fund.

For full details of post-16 transport and travel assistance see our post-16 transport policy attached to this page.