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REMINDER – Considering changing your school day timings? Proposals to change school day timings - Impact on Home to School Transport (HTST)

Published
22.09.2022

The Home to School Transport Team have been made aware of recent cases where academy trusts and schools have planned a change to the timings of the end of the school day without consulting the LA regarding the impact of the proposed changes, in particular, impacts on home to school transport arrangements and timetables.

Schools are able to review their school day timings, however, schools are asked to ensure the Local Authority is fully consulted on proposals in advance of decisions and the implementation of changes. It may not always be possible to accommodate changes in relation to the timing of home to school transport pick-ups and drop offs which are commissioned through the Integrated Transport Unit (ITU). These services are provided for all eligible students for free home to school transport.

Any changes made by schools without consultation and planning with the Local Authority are likely to result in increased transport costs. The school or academy trust may be required to meet those unplanned additional costs or changes to existing arrangements may not be possible.

It is important therefore that if schools are considering changes to their school day timings, schools are asked to make contact with the ITU at as early a stage as possible to discuss any home to school transport implications.

Please contact Faye Williams in the first instance to discuss any proposals -  faye.williams@gloucestershire.gov.uk .

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