About SEND Home to School Transport in Richmond
Home to school transport in the London Borough of Richmond (the Council) is delivered by Achieving for Children (AfC).
A key component of the SEND reform is preparation for adulthood. It’s vital that all young people with SEND are suitably prepared to live as independently as possible. Like other young people of a similar age, many young people with SEND will aspire to enter the world of employment when they are older, and a vital employability skill is the ability to travel independently – without this, employment is very difficult, if not impossible. We acknowledge that Independent Travel Training (ITT) will not be possible for every young person, but in SEND transport, we are able to offer ITT to help prepare young people who are looking to become more independent as they approach the next stage of their lives. Please take a look at the link below.
Balance Independent Travel Training (opens a page on this website)
The Councils and AfC are committed to meeting the educational needs of as many children and young people as possible within local schools. In most cases, this will mean that children and young people can walk or cycle to school with their parents or carers. The Achieving for Children Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Home to School Transport Policy sets out how we will help the small number of children and young people who find it difficult to travel to school without some assistance. This includes the policy for pre and post 16 SEND Transport.
Richmond Transport Policy 5-16 years
Richmond Post-16 Transport Policy and Statement
Apply for SEND home to school transport for your child
You can apply for SEND transport services using our online form. Before you do we recommend that you read all the information on this page.
Online SEND Transport Assistance application form (opens an external link)
This application form is for use by families in Kingston and Richmond boroughs when applying for SEND transport assistance from Achieving for Children. If you have any questions about completing this application, or if you have already submitted an application and wish to make a follow up enquiry please contact either:
Getting to School - User Guide for Parents and Carers
This parent guide sets out the arrangements for providing transport assistance to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It is intended as a user guide for families where transport has already been applied for, assessed and agreed. If you are considering applying for SEND home to school transport, while this guide will be useful, we recommend that you read the full policy above.
Getting to School - User Guide for Parents and Carers (opens a pdf)
SEND Transport Appeals
If you are unhappy with the decision which you have received from the AfC SEND Transport team, in the first instance you should get in touch with the team again to see if a senior officer is able to do anything else to help resolve your concerns (this is stage 1 of the appeals procedure).
Download the appeals procedure (opens a pdf)
Following the review by a senior officer, you remain unhappy and feel that you would like to formally appeal a decision, please use the form below.
Download the Richmond Appeal Form (opens a word document)