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What if the normal walking route is unavailable?

What if the normal walking route is unavailable?

If your child is attending the catchment or closest school and the journey is less than walking distance, we may give help with travel. This would be if the route has been assessed as unavailable for a pupil (accompanied as necessary) and there is no other alternative route below the walking distance.

If you wish to apply for travel assistance on this basis please make an application. We will arrange to forward to you a map of the route for you to provide details of which areas of the route you consider are unavailable for an accompanied pupil and why (taking into account the assessment criteria below). This information will be taken into account when the assessment is made.    

When considering a walking route, we assume someone accompanies your child. You may be working at the time your child will travel to and from school. It is your responsibility to make other arrangements for someone to go with your child to school as you feel necessary.

Additional information on walking route assessment criteria is available on the document below:

Please note that new walking route assessments requests received in the summer term will be completed as soon as possible but are generally carried out towards the end of the autumn term, with the authority aiming to make a final decision by the end of the calendar year in which the request is made.  You would remain responsible for arranging and funding your own travel whilst the assessment process is carried out.

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