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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Have your say on learner transport policy

Denbighshire residents are urged to have their say on a revised Learner Transport Policy for pupils across the county. 


The current Home to School Transport Policy came into force from September 2015, after agreement by council in 2014, with a review of the policy planned after 12 months of operation.
Councillor Eryl Williams, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member for Education, said: “The council recognises that there were pockets of concern regarding certain elements of the current policy and we have addressed these concerns as and when they have arisen. 
"The council agreed when it implemented the policy that it would be reviewed after one year of operating.  
"That review has now taken place and has taken into consideration feedback from schools, parents, councillors and advice through legal discussions.
“The current policy states that home to school transport will be provided to the nearest suitable school. 
"Some concern has been raised in some communities about this issue, and it is now being proposed that school transport to secondary schools will be based on nearest suitable school or whether the pupil attended a designated primary feeder school.
"Transport on the basis of feeder will be provided under discretionary arrangements.
“Clarity is also proposed relating to pick-up points and hazardous routes, with a previously separate guidance note being incorporated into the latest policy.
“As with the current policy, the council would continue to provide free transport to the nearest suitable Welsh language or faith school, if this was the parental / carers preference."
* The amended document can be found on the council’s website: www.denbighshire.gov.uk/consultations, by phoning Education Support on 01824 706000, by writing to: Education Support, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62, Ruthin, LL15 9AZ or by e-mail: admissions@denbighshire.gov.uk

Copies of the consultation documents are also available at all Denbighshire libraries.

The consultation begian on March 13 and ends on April 30, 2017.

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