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Travel assistance for students over the age of 16

Travel assistance for students over the age of 16

Most young people over the age of 16 travel independently in and around Solihull which is well served by an extensive bus and rail network.  Solihull Council pays a grant of £10.4m to Centro to support subsidised travel for these young people.  Consequently Solihull Council does not provide additional travel assistance support for post-16 learners.

High needs students with severe mobility or learning difficulties may apply for discretionary travel assistance.

The student must
1Live permanently in Solihull
2Attend a full-time, suitable course at a suitable school, further education college of institution or 16-19 academy
3Be aged 16-18 at the time of application, or have started the course before their 19th birthday
4Be unable to travel to their course independently

Applications which meet the minimum criteria above will be individually assessed for eligibility.  The offer of assistance will be limited to one of the following:

Independent travel trainingYoung person or parent can apply for independent travel training
Seat on a vehicle to:
Forest Oak Post-16
Hazel Oak Post-16
Merstone Special School
Reynalds Cross Special School
Young person or parent who qualifies for this option will have to pay a contribution £675 per year or £225 per term, towards the cost

16-19 Bursary Fund

The government, through the Education Funding Agency, gives money to schools and colleges to give to young people who need financial support to stay in education through the 16-19 Bursary Fund [link].  Students who think they may qualify for a bursary should apply to their school or college.

For further information please see our help with travelling to school webpages.