KCC is responsible for organising college transport and parents/carers need to apply to KCC for transport. Unless home to college transport is included as a need within the EHCP, the Kent Authority will only provide free transport to and from LINK19 College for learners who live more than three miles from the college. Where transport is refused parents may appeal, this may often involve providing further evidence of medical conditions or other reasons why the learner should have transport provided. For any individual or different transport requirements needed by a particular learner then the parents should contact the transport office either by phone; 03000 412121 or by email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Where applicable, we ask that parents co-operate with the transport companies to ensure the safe transport of all learners. All learners must wear seat belts and there is an escort on most vehicles, but it is the parent’s responsibility to deliver the learner to the vehicle. It is NOT part of the escort’s duties to knock on the doors for learners.
Parents should ensure that learners are ready to be collected on time and that they, or a responsible adult, are at the appointed place to meet the learner at the end of the day. There may be occasions when transport will be delayed by traffic, breakdown or weather. Should the transport fail to arrive, and the parents choose to bring learners to college it is then their responsibility to liaise with the transport providers to make sure that the learner is collected from college that day. Any temporary changes to transport arrangements must be agreed in writing with the college in advance. We would, of course, accept a telephone message in an emergency.
Other support for transport is available such as access to the personal transport budget, bus passes and travel training.
Independent Travel Training options are also available helping young people (up to 24years old) with special educational needs learn how to travel to school or college by public transport.
The training will help build the young person’s confidence in other aspects of their life such as:
- future job opportunities
- accessing new hobbies
- social skills.