Post 16 Transport

 

Students Aged 16-19

Local Authorities do not have a legal duty to provide free or subsidised transport for young people aged 16-19.  However, in order to promote access to education and opportunities for all young people in Cornwall, the Council provides subsidised transport for all students aged 16-19 to access Post-16 education and training.

The required contribution for subsidised transport in the 2019/20 academic year is £500 per student.  This contribution is required for all students - including those with an Education, Health and Care Plan - and can be paid in full or termly (in advance).  Students can apply to their school/college for financial support from the ‘16-19 Bursary Fund’ to assist in meeting this cost.

For full details, please read Cornwall’s Post-16 Transport Policy.

Learners Aged 19-25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan

The Council provides free transport for adult learners aged 19-25 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan.  The learning/training establishment to which transport is provided must deliver an essential requirement to fulfil the learning outcomes identified in the learner’s Education, Health and Care Plan.

For full details, please read Cornwall’s Post-16 Transport Policy.

How to apply

Applications for transport assistance in the 2019/20 academic year can be made from 1 June 2019.  We strongly advise you to apply as early as possible after this date.

Applications must be made by Friday 26 July 2019 in order for students to receive their travel pass/arrangements for the start of the Autumn Term - i.e. September 2019.  Please note that travel passes/arrangements will not be issued until at least the first term’s payment is received (if required) – details confirming how payment can be made will be provided once eligibility has been confirmed.

Applications received after the 26 July 2019 deadline will be processed as quickly as possible.  However, we cannot guarantee that transport will be in place for the start of the Autumn Term.  If transport is not in place, students will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the learning/training establishment in the meantime.

   Apply for post 16 transport online

Council Expenditure / Level of Subsidisation

In the 2018/19 academic year, Cornwall Council spent £2.55m on providing Post-16 Transport for 1,425 children and young people.  This equates to an average annual cost to the Local Authority of £1,788 per student.  £1.72m was spent specifically on providing transport for 342 children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan.  This equates to an average annual cost to the Local Authority of £5,027 per student – or 91% of the cost of providing subsidised transport for students aged 16-19.