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Travelling to and from education - Richmond SEND Transport

Home to school transport in the London Borough of Richmond (the Council) is delivered by Achieving for Children (AfC). 

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. 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Home to School Transport Policy 5-16 years (Richmond) (pdf)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Post-16 Transport Policy and Statement (Richmond) (pdf)

A key aim of the SEND Code of Practice is preparation for adulthood.  It’s vital that all young people can prepare to live as independently as possible.  Like other young people of a similar age, many young people with SEND will want to get a job when they are older. So getting young people travelling independently between home and school is an important investment, both financially and developmentally;  it is a valuable life skill and an essential employability skill – without this, getting employment could be more difficult.  

Achieving for Children (AfC) has an Independent Travel Training (ITT) programme for young people from Kingston and Richmond. The programme will be offered to young people who already meet the eligibility criteria for SEND Transport assistance.

Independent Travel Training (ITT) programme

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

This application form is for use by families in Kingston and Richmond boroughs when applying for SEND transport assistance from Achieving for Children. 

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 (pdf)

If you are unhappy with the decision which you have received from the AfC SEND Transport team, we invite you to get in touch with the team to see if a senior officer is able to do anything else to help resolve your concerns and review your case. You can do this by using the email address at the top of your decline letter. This is stage 1 of the appeals procedure. The full appeals procedure is set out in the SEND Transport Policy.

If, 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.

Richmond Appeal Form (word)

 

Contact us

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:

For Richmond resident children, the main contact is Denis Baku - Phone: 020 8547 4708 Email: [email protected]  

For Kingston resident children, the main contact is Mary Gavin - Phone: 020 8547 5540 Email: [email protected]

However, both team members will be able to help if your call is urgent.