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Prepare for home to school transport this September

School travel assistance

29 August 2023

Girl entering school bus

Parents across West Northamptonshire are being encouraged to prepare home to school transport arrangements ahead of the new school year, beginning this September.

West Northamptonshire Council transports nearly 6,000 students to and from school each day. To support parents in putting plans in place WNC has published helpful information regarding deadlines, policy, and guidance notes on the Council’s website.

Post 16 students and those who aren’t entitled to transport, applications should have been submitted by the third Friday in May to guarantee transport for the start of that academic year. Applications received after this date will not be considered until the October half term.

For statutory entitled students, all applications received by the end of July will have been processed and transport will be in place for the start of the new academic year. WNC will endeavour to put transport in place for any late applications however there may be a slight delay and parents are asked to put in place their own arrangements until we are able to confirm transport is in place.

WNC has recently updated the Home to School Transport Policy for children starting school in September 2024. If you are applying for a school place for the academic year 2024/25, please familiarise yourself with the updated policy to check whether your child will be entitled to free home to school transport should you secure a school of your preference. To find out more visit our free school travel assistance page.

How to Contact the Home to School Transport Service

For parents and carers who pay Council tax to West Northamptonshire Council:

North Northamptonshire Council

For parents and carers who reside within North Northamptonshire Council (i.e. you pay your Council Tax to NNC), then the planning teams can be contacted as follows:

Mainstream Transport

Telephone: 0300 373 1023 and select option – 2

Email: [email protected]         

SEND Transport

Telephone: 0300 373 1023 and select option 1

Email: [email protected]

For details at North Northamptonshire Council visit the NNC website.

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