Parents and carers have a legal duty and responsibility to ensure that their children attend school regularly, and to make any necessary arrangements to ensure that they attend.
In certain circumstances Bedford Borough Council has a duty to provide free home to school transport. We arrange school transport for children and young people in Bedford Borough who are eligible for transport in line with our transport policies.
When considering free home to school transport, we will adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department for Education. Local authorities are under a duty to have regard to it when carrying out their duties in relation to home to school travel and transport, and sustainable travel.
The guidance is issued under duties placed on the Secretary of State by sections 508A and 508D of the Education Act 1996 (the Act). It deals with sections 508A, 508B, 508C, 509AD, and Schedule 35B of the Act which were inserted by Part 6 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (the EIA 2006).
These pages will provide you with information about free transport to and from school for pupils of statutory school age, as well as transport assistance for students of post 16 age.
For further information and advice on school and college transport entitlement in Bedford Borough including children and young people with special educational needs and post 16 transport, please contact Customer Services using the details below:
Telephone: (01234) 718004
School Transport Entitlement
For further information on operational transport issues or the privilege scheme please contact the Transport Operations Group using the details below:
Telephone: (01234) 276528
Transport Operations Group