Post-16 Transport Policy Statement 2024/25

Last updated: 11 June 2024

1. Introduction

Buckinghamshire Council has a duty to prepare and publish an annual Post-16 Transport Policy Statement by 31 May each year. This statement specifies the arrangements for transport that the Council considers it necessary to make to facilitate the attendance of sixth form age students receiving education or training. The statement is published in line with the statutory duties under the Education Act 1996, including s.509AA and s.509AB and takes into account the Department for Education statutory guidance – Post-16 transport to education and training, January 2019.

This Post-16 Transport Policy Statement has been informed by national home to school transport research and the Council’s financial and demand forecasts.

Buckinghamshire Council's Post-16 Transport Policy Statement provides information on the travel and transport arrangements available to young people who are above statutory school age, which ends on the last Friday in June in the academic year in which they turn 16.

The Council’s ambition is that every student in the county achieves their full potential. We are committed to ensuring that those aged 16 and over (including those with Education, Health and Care Plans up to the age of 25) have access to educational opportunities at school, college or other education settings. Part of this ambition is for as many students as possible to travel independently using a sustainable form of transport.

This Statement applies to any student who is living in Buckinghamshire. Students who do not live in Buckinghamshire should refer to the Transport Policy and Statement issued by their home Local Authority.

In this policy statement we have referred to children of statutory school age (5-16 years) as “pupils”, and those over statutory school age as “students”.