Faith school students lose their bus services

FOLLOWING an extensive consultation, over a three year period, with parents, schools, residents, transport providers and the relevant dioceses, Thurrock Council agreed to withdraw transport from all Faith schools. This included primary and secondary schools, within and outside the borough, with the exception of secondary school pupils in receipt of benefit.

The changes were agreed by cabinet in March 2016 and came into effect on the 1 September 2016.

In preparation for the changes, the Council wrote to parents who were likely to be affected, including parents who were completing their secondary school applications, both before and after cabinet took the decision to withdraw denominational school transport.

In 2014, Thurrock Council introduced a process which takes ‘exceptional circumstances’ into consideration and allows discretionary support to be given in very special situations.

The process has been included in the refreshed transport policy.

More information, including the new policy, can be found here: thurrock.gov.uk/home-to-school-travel-support

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