KAT School Transport Bursary Scheme

For children starting at, or transferring to, Kingstone Academy Trust from September 2015 their transport entitlement will be on the basis of the nearest school only, as the crow flies.

In determining distance to school the ‘nearest school finder’ system is used. http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/nearest-school-finder All other pupils will be able to keep their current entitlement to transport through to when they leave their school (subject to changes in rates of charging for subsidised or vacant places).

Transport will normally be a bus service from a boarding point/bus stop near to their home address to school. You are responsible for ensuring your child gets to and from the boarding point/bus stop safely.

Please scroll down for more information on our Transport Bursary Scheme.


Kingstone Academy Trust can help with the costs of school transport for your child/ren if:

  • They are not eligible for school transport assistance from Herefordshire Council; and

  • They live over 3 miles from the school, or over 2 miles if under 8 years old; and

  • They are starting at, or transferring to, Kingstone Academy Trust from September 2015; or

  • They are in receipt of Free School Meals; or

  • An application on other grounds is made to the Bursary Scheme.

Financial Arrangements

  • We will only contribute towards the cost of transport if your child meets the eligibility criteria, above.

  • Parents will be expected to meet costs of up to £2 per day per child. We will provide financial support if the costs of transport are above £2 per day (£126 per term, £380 per year, based on 190 school days).

  • We reserve the right to place an upper limit on financial support payable.

  • Parents will be required to submit claim forms on a half-termly basis to Kingstone Academy Trust with evidence of expenditure.

What to do now

If you think that your child is eligible for the bursary scheme please contact the Finance Manager, Mrs Carol Williams cwilliams@kingstoneacademy.co.uk. If eligibility is confirmed we will work with you to find the most appropriate transport provision for your child.

*The school reserves the right to amend or withdraw the bursary at any time, subject to a term’s notice.

Changes to Herefordshire School Transport 2015

Herefordshire Council has a duty to provide home to school transport assistance for some children, depending on their journey to school. For Kingstone pupils this will be a bus service from their home address to school. The service runs at the beginning and the end of the normal school day.

Herefordshire Council agreed to amend or remove the discretionary transport policies with effect from September 2015 as follows:

(a) To withdraw the Herefordshire free home to school transport policy eligibility based upon nearest and catchment school and replace with eligibility based upon:

i) Nearest suitable school with places

ii) Where the nearest suitable school is in Wales, transport will be provided to that school or the nearest school in England

(b) To withdraw free transport for Herefordshire post 16 years with SEN and replace with the requirement for all post 16 years with SEN to pay the same contribution asall other post 16 students from September 2015.

(c) To apply the policy change in a) only to those children newly entering a school from September 2015.

(d) The implications of these policy changes be reviewed annually or sooner in the event that the impact of the proposed changes is materially worse than anticipated.

How this will affect pupils attending Kingstone Academy Trust:

For children starting or transferring school from September 2015 their transport entitlement will be on the basis of nearest school only. All other pupils will be able to keep their current entitlement to transport through to when they leave their school (subject to changes in rates of charging for subsidised or vacant places).

*The level of charging for vacant seats, denominational and post 16 transport in September 2014 will go up as agreed by cabinet from £660 to £720 (payable in 3 termly payments). The level of charge for these services in September 2015 has not yet been agreed as it changes annually and is moving towards full cost recovery.