Schools have been asked to share with parents and carers the following information about transport to school. Please contact the school is you wish to ask anything about this matter.
Online Transport Applications
As you are aware, there is an obligation on local authorities to provide transport for entitled children and young people, from their registered home address to their catchment school and the return journey. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) arrange transport for primary and secondary children on behalf of Glasgow City Council.
Following on from the success of the P1 Online Enrolment Form, Customer and Business Services (CBS) staff in the Corporate Integrated Transport Unit are launching a new Mainstream Transport Application form, which will allow parent/carers to apply for transport online. The online form will be available on Glasgow City Council website for parent/carers from Monday 19 February 2018. . https://glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=21580
In order to complete the on line application , families require to register on ‘myaccount’. ‘myaccount’ is a free and secure sign-in service for accessing public services online in Scotland, which has been introduced by the Scottish Government. If parents do not have an account, the system will take them through the process of creating one. However if they do not have an email address they will require to use the paper application process.
As above parent/carers were very supportive of the P1 online enrolment form and I would ask that you advise parent/carers of this change and encourage them to now apply for their child’s school transport online, via Glasgow City Council Website. https://glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=21580
If parent/carers are unable to access the internet they can contact the Corporate Integrated Transport Unit on 0141 287 1056 and request a paper copy.
Details of this change will also be posted on GCC Facebook and Twitter for parents.
Timeframe for making a Transport Application
Applications should be made by 28 March each year and parent/carers will be notified of the outcome by end of May each year. Applications received after 28 March will be dealt with in due course.
· For Primary Schools, parents should be encouraged to submit transport applications when they register their child for school in November each year. If successful transport will be granted from P1 to P7.
· For Secondary Schools, parents should be encouraged to submit applications in February each year before their child transfers to secondary school in August - if successful transport will be granted from S1-S6.
· Please note a fresh application is required if a family move house and / or change school
Parent/carers can apply for transport on the following grounds:
The pupil lives more than 1.2 miles away from the local primary catchment school by the shortest suitable walking route
The pupil lives more than 2.2 miles away from the local secondary catchment school by the shortest suitable walking route
Parent/carers can apply for transport on medical/exceptional circumstances but will be asked to upload supporting documentation from their GP, Social Worker etc
Where a parent/carer has a concern about the route their child takes to school. These requests will be passed to Les Roads Section to carry out an assessment of the route.
Local School Full
Where a child has been placed in a school nominated by Glasgow City Council as the result of no space being available in their local catchment primary or secondary school parent/carers can apply for transport in line with the distance criteria
If spare seats exist on a dedicated transport vehicle transport may be granted on a privilege seat basis as long as there is no additional cost to the authority. Privilege seats are awarded on an annual basis and parent/carers need to apply each year.
Link to GCC Webpage for further Transport information - https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17882