College transport for 16-19 year olds
Last updated: 17/09/2013
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Transport for students in Further Education
Although Local Authorities are not required to provide free home
to school/college transport for students in Further Education,
Cornwall Council operates a policy of subsidised travel to Further
Education for students aged between 16–19 (21 for students with
special educational needs). The cost of subsidised transport is
£327 for the 2013/14 academic year.
You can find out more about the scheme by following the links
below, or you may wish to read the full Post-16
Transport Policy Statement.
Apply for subsidised transport in 2013/14
To apply for subsidised transport in 2013/14, please apply
online or complete and return the application
Schools Access and Infrastructure
New County Hall
Please note the deadline for applications to be
processed on time for the start of the Autumn term was the 9th
August 2013, applications recieved after this date will be dealt
with in a timely manor.
Cornwall College Students –
All students studying at one of the Cornwall College campuses
(excluding Duchy College Rosewarne or Duchy College Stoke
Climsland) should apply via the College in the first instance using
the College’s own application form (www.cornwall.ac.uk/transport)
as a discounted rate applies, funded by the College.
The following questions and answers provide further information
on Cornwall Council’s current policy.
Do I qualify?
To qualify for subsidised transport for the academic year
2013/14 you must be:
- Under 19 years of age on 1 September 2013 or aged
nineteen if you started your programme of learning before your
- A full time student attending a course for the 3 terms of the
2013/14 academic year.
- Living more than 3 miles away from the nearest school sixth
form or college that offers your chosen programme of study
*Special educational needs students must be:
- Under 21 years of age on 1 September 2013
What transport is provided?
The Council will seek to provide suitable transport using the
most cost effective method utilising public transport (trains and
buses), contract buses, taxis and volunteer drivers. If any of
these are unavailable or prove unsuitable, a travel allowance may
be offered to students to make their own way to school/college. The
allowance is paid at 25 pence per mile.
Transport is provided to and from the school/college at
scheduled times Monday to Friday. Transport will not be scheduled
to accommodate each individual student’s course timetable.
What transport is available for students with special
Specialist transport such as by taxi or accessible minibus will
only be provided where supporting evidence identifies the need to
Evidence may take the form of letters of support from a doctor,
social worker, educational psychiatrist/psychologist or other
professional bodies. Once this has been approved by the
Commissioning Team, the Council’s Passenger Transport Unit will
usually decide the mode of transport to be provided and whether a
passenger assistant needs to be deployed.
What if I am not eligible for subsidised transport?
Contract vehicle capacity does not always match the number of
passengers to be conveyed, there are sometimes spare places.
A spare seat on a vehicle under contract to the Council may be
allocated to a student ineligible for automatic placement on
the subsidised travel schemes on payment of the required fare
(£327 per year for 2013/14). These students travel as Concessionary
riders. The spare places are allocated on a ‘first come, first
The Concessionary Rider scheme does not start until 1st October
each year when bus loadings are settled. You must arrange and fund
your own transport to your sixth form or college until a
Concessionary Scheme seat is allocated.
To enquire about a Concessionary Rider seat, please contact
the CSF Transport Officer on 0300 1234 101 or email
To apply for a Concessionary Rider seat complete the application
Note: The scheme only applies to vehicles under
contract; it does not apply to public service buses or
Are any other transport schemes available?
Some individual schools and colleges run their own transport
schemes and students (including those ineligible for subsidised
transport provided by Cornwall Council) may choose to apply for
transport under those schemes instead of via Cornwall Council.
A brief summary of these schemes is given below. For full
details please contact the relevant school/college.
Cornwall College (campuses at Pool, St Austell, Newquay,
Falmouth and Saltash)
Alongside the Cornwall Council routes, Cornwall College runs its
own contracted routes available to students living more than three
miles from the College campus at a cost of £300 per year for
The College also further subsidises the cost of transport for
students using routes under the Cornwall Council scheme so that the
cost to all students is £300 per year for 2013/14.
Further details and how to apply are available at www.cornwall.ac.uk/transport
or from the Cornwall College Central Transport Office on 01726
226404 / 01726 226618.
Duchy College (Rosewarne and Stoke Climsland
Duchy College runs its own contracted routes to its campuses at
both Rosewarne and Stoke Climsland. As part of the Cornwall College
group the cost to students is £300 per year for 2013/14.
Further details and how to apply are available at www.cornwall.ac.uk/duchy or
by telephone on 01579 372207 (Stoke Climsland) or 01209 722135
Truro and Penwith College
Truro and Penwith College runs its own bus pass scheme in
conjunction with First Devon and Cornwall Ltd. The scheme is open
to all students and the cost of a pass is £390 a year for 2013/14.
The Truro and Penwith College Bus Pass can also be used on
Evenings, Weekends and Holidays after 9am for any First Service in
Further details and how to apply are available at
or from Truro College on 01872 267003 or Penwith College on 01736
Budehaven Community School
Budehaven Community School has an arrangement with the First
Group whereby students can purchase weekly, monthly, termly or
yearly passes via the School for the X9 Holsworthy to Bude service
with a 10% discount off the pass price.
Can I get help with transport costs?
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is provided by the Government to support
the most financially disadvantaged 16-19 year olds with the cost of
staying in education or training. The fund is administered by
schools, colleges and other establishments. To be eligible to
receive a 16-19 Bursary in the 2013/14 academic year, the young
person must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31 August 2013.
Where a young person turns 19 during their programme of study, they
can continue to be supported to the end of the academic year in
which they turn 19, or to the end of the programme of study,
whichever is sooner.
Defined vulnerable groups are eligible for an annual bursary
award of £1,200 a year.
These groups are:
- Young people in care
- Young people who are care leavers
- Young people in receipt of Income support or Universal
- Young people in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or
Personal Independence Payment) and Employment Support
Other discretionary awards may also be made from the Bursary
Fund to young people facing the greatest financial barriers to
participation, such as the costs of transport, meals, books and
equipment. Schools and colleges determine their own assessment
criteria for eligibility for discretionary bursaries. Many colleges
and sixth forms use the Bursary Fund to provide free bus passes for
eligible students or meet the cost of transport provided through
the Cornwall Council scheme.
In addition to the Government 16-19 Bursary Fund, Cornwall
Council has approved funding totalling £700,000 in 2013/14 to sixth
forms and colleges in order to support students facing financial
barriers to Further Education.
To apply for a bursary award, students should apply to the
school, college or other education establishment where they are
What if I lose my pass?
If a Student loses their bus pass a replacement
pass can be issued by the Passenger Transport Unit. The
current charge for a replacement pass is £10.00 with an increase of
£5 every time an additional lost pass is requested. The pass will
be replaced at the discretion of the passenger Transport Unit.
To request a replacement pass please contact the Passenger
Transport Unit on 0300 1234 222.