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School Transport Consultation

Lancashire County Council is consulting on a proposal to cease the provision of discretionary denominational transport assistance for pupils who do not attend their nearest school but attend their nearest faith school on faith grounds. This proposal will be implemented from 1st September 2018 to coincide with the new academic year.   

Prior to September 2011, the Council granted free transport to pupils who attended faith schools, met the distance criterion and had been admitted to the school on denominational grounds. As a result of reductions in Council budgets from September 2011, parents of pupils in these circumstances were required to make a contributory charge. From September 2017, this will be £575 per year per child. The new proposals will mean that families will face a further increase in the annual charge, possibly as high as £800 per pupil from 2018.

This charge would be a significant additional financial burden for many families and particularly for those just above the low income threshold for transport support.

Catholic schools often serve a wide catchment area and the proposed policy penalises Catholic families living in rural communities in particular. The new proposal could prevent some children from receiving the Catholic education that their parents would wish them to have.

In order to support Catholic pupils attending our Catholic schools now and in the future we would ask parents of pupils in all our schools to respond to this consultation via the email link below by 21st July.

https://tinyurl.com/ydg3xnv9

Thank you for any support that you can offer.

Mr M Wright

Headteacher

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Clitheroe, Lancashire
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