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Home to School Transport (SEND)

Provision of transport from Home to School for qualifying children with Special Educational Needs or medical difficulties.

See the Local Offer section of this record for more information. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Paul Tomlin
Contact Position
Transport Lead
Main contact: 0191 561 2284

Where to go

Civic Centre
Burdon Road

Time / Date Details

Session Information
Monday 08:30 - 17:15
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:15
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:15
Thursday 08:30 - 17:15
Friday 08:30 - 16:45

Other Details


Age Ranges
From 3 years to 19 years

Local Offer


Transport is procured, monitored and managed by the Together for Children to provide a high level of standards and safety for the children transported.

Criteria for Access

The Home to School Transport Policy is aimed at children between the ages of 3-19 years old.  If a child has been issued an Education, Health and Care Plan by Together for Children then consideration for transport must be given.

Transport in the form of out-sourced taxis/minibuses will be provided if a child lives over 2 miles (Primary) or 3 miles (Secondary) from their home address.  The school must be named in the child's Education, Health and Care plan and transport can be refused if the choice of school is as a result of parental preference over a closer school that could also meet the child's needs.

Distance is always measured using the shortest walking route and as accompanied by a responsible adult.  The child must reside in a Sunderland Council address to be eligible for transport unless Looked After and specific cases can be examined on an individual basis.

Children, who may not have an Education, Health and Care Plan or live under the distance criteria, but have medical difficulties that impact upon travel, may also qualify for assistance.  Medical advice from the child's consultant must be supplied on a yearly basis supporting the family's request for transport.

Further information regarding crteria can be found in the Home to School Transport (see link on the right hand side of this page).

Specialist Services

This service is provided for those children with Special Educational Needs and/or medical conidtions affecting their travel to and from school.

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