Important information regarding Suffolk County Council Funded School Travel from September 2019
All information relating to school transport, can be found on the Suffolk On Board website; arrangement of students’ transport to Ormiston Sudbury Academy is not the reponsibility of the Academy
If you would like your child to travel to school on Suffolk County Council (SCC) Funded School Travel you have to opt-in (apply). THIS IS THE SAME REGARDLESS OF WHICH SCHOOL / ACADEMY YOUR CHILD CURRENTLY ATTENDS / WILL ATTEND IN SEPTEMBER, OR WHICH YEAR GROUP THEY ARE / WILL BE IN.
What do I need to do next?
Suffolk County Council advise that they have already emailed parents of eligible students, asking them to ‘opt in’, but many have not yet done so. If you have not done so already, you will need to go online to submit an application at www.suffolkonboard.com/optin. The opt-in deadline is 31 May 2019.
If you need help to opt-in, please contact customer services on 0345 606 6173.
If you have already applied for SCC funded school travel you can upload your photo for your travel pass on the website www.suffolkonboard.com/photo.
What happens if I opt-in late or don’t opt-in at all?
If you opt-in after the deadline date given above, SCC cannot guarantee that travel will be available for your child at the start of the new school year.
If you don’t opt-in, SCC will assume that you are making your own sustainable arrangements for your child to travel to and from school.
What else do I need to know?
You will have to opt-in for your child to receive SCC funded school travel every year.
When you have completed the online opt-in form the transport team will contact you with further details. This may not be until the end of June 2019.
KEY POINTS TO NOTE:
Suffolk County Council are introducing changes for arranging transport to schools for children from September 2019; this includes adjustments to the transport ‘catchment areas’ they will be using.
It will remain the responsibility of parents to make appropriate arrangements for their child’s travel to school, whether this be walking, cycling, car or public transport; in certain circumstances, Suffolk County Council may be able to offer some assistance but unfortunately, schools themselves (including Ormiston Sudbury Academy) are not involved in these arrangements.
Where students live over 3 miles from their transport ‘catchment’ (i.e. nearest) school, Suffolk County Council will provide free transport to that school; they will continue to try and support families that are eligible (and registered) for Free School Meals.
The Suffolk County Council transport website is the best place for information www.suffolkonboard.com and to check eligibility and if there are any parental concerns or queries regarding transport for their child(ren), they are also advised to contact Suffolk County Council (and not the Academy) in the first instance.