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Section 77

SCHEDULE 8E+WTravel to schools etc: meaning of “eligible child”

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After Schedule 35A to EA 1996 insert—

Section 508B

SCHEDULE 35BE+WMeaning of “eligible child” for purposes of section 508B

1For the purposes of section 508B (travel arrangements for eligible children) an “eligible child” means a child who falls within any of paragraphs 2 to 7 or 9 to 13.

Children with special educational needs, a disability or mobility problemsE+W

2A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he is of compulsory school age and is any of the following—

  • a child with special educational needs;

  • a disabled child;

  • a child with mobility problems,

(b)he is a registered pupil at a qualifying school which is within walking distance of his home,

(c)no suitable arrangements have been made by the local education authority for enabling him to become a registered pupil at a qualifying school nearer to his home, and

(d)having regard to whichever of the following are relevant—

  • his special educational needs;

  • his disability;

  • his mobility problems,

he cannot reasonably be expected to walk to the school mentioned in paragraph (b).

3A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he is of compulsory school age and is any of the following—

  • a child with special educational needs;

  • a disabled child;

  • a child with mobility problems,

(b)he is receiving education at a place other than a school by virtue of arrangements made in pursuance of section 19(1), and

(c)having regard to whichever of the following are relevant—

  • his special educational needs;

  • his disability;

  • his mobility problems,

he cannot reasonably be expected to walk to that place.

Children who cannot reasonably be expected to walk because of nature of routesE+W

4A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he is of compulsory school age and is a registered pupil at a qualifying school which is within walking distance of his home,

(b)no suitable arrangements have been made by the local education authority for enabling him to become a registered pupil at a qualifying school nearer to his home, and

(c)having regard to the nature of the routes which he could reasonably be expected to take, he cannot reasonably be expected to walk to the school mentioned in paragraph (a).

5A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he is of compulsory school age and is receiving education at a place other than a school by virtue of arrangements made in pursuance of section 19(1), and

(b)having regard to the nature of the routes which he could reasonably be expected to take, he cannot reasonably be expected to walk to that place.

Children outside walking distance where no suitable alternative arrangements madeE+W

6A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he is of compulsory school age and is a registered pupil at a qualifying school which is not within walking distance of his home,

(b)no suitable arrangements have been made by the local education authority for boarding accommodation for him at or near the school, and

(c)no suitable arrangements have been made by the local education authority for enabling him to become a registered pupil at a qualifying school nearer to his home.

7A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he is of compulsory school age and is receiving education at a place other than a school by virtue of arrangements made in pursuance of section 19(1),

(b)that place is not within walking distance of his home,

(c)no suitable arrangements have been made by the local education authority for boarding accommodation for him at or near that place, and

(d)no suitable arrangements have been made by the local education authority for enabling him to become a registered pupil at a qualifying school nearer to his home.

8(1)Where—

(a)a child of compulsory school age has been excluded from a relevant school,

(b)he remains for the time being a registered pupil at the school, and

(c)he is required by the appropriate authority for the school to attend at a place outside the school premises for the purpose of receiving any instruction or training,

paragraph 6 has effect as if the place at which the child is required to attend were a qualifying school and the child were a registered pupil at that school (and not at the school mentioned in paragraph (b)).

(2)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)relevant school” and “appropriate authority” have the same meaning as in section 444ZA (application of section 444 to alternative educational provision), and

(b)subsection (3) of that section applies in relation to that sub-paragraph as it applies in relation to subsection (2) of that section.

Children entitled to free school meals etcE+W

9A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he has attained the age of 8 but not the age of 11,

(b)he is a registered pupil at a qualifying school which is more than two miles from his home,

(c)no suitable arrangements have been made by the local education authority for enabling him to become a registered pupil at a qualifying school nearer to his home, and

(d)the appropriate condition is met in relation to him.

10A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he has attained the age of 8 but not the age of 11,

(b)he is receiving education at a place other than a school by virtue of arrangements made in pursuance of section 19(1),

(c)that place is more than two miles from his home, and

(d)the appropriate condition is met in relation to him.

11A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he has attained the age of 11,

(b)he is a registered pupil at a qualifying school which is more than two miles, but not more than six miles, from his home,

(c)there are not three or more suitable qualifying schools which are nearer to his home, and

(d)the appropriate condition is met in relation to him.

12A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he has attained the age of 11,

(b)he is a registered pupil at a qualifying school which is more than two miles, but not more than fifteen miles, from his home,

(c)his parent has expressed a wish, based on the parent's religion or belief, for him to be provided with education at that school,

(d)having regard to the religion or belief on which the parent's wish is based, there is no suitable qualifying school which is nearer to the child's home, and

(e)the appropriate condition is met in relation to him.

13A child falls within this paragraph if—

(a)he has attained the age of 11,

(b)he is receiving education at a place other than a school by virtue of arrangements made in pursuance of section 19(1),

(c)that place is more than two miles, but not more than six miles, from his home, and

(d)the appropriate condition is met in relation to him.

14(1)For the purposes of paragraphs 9 to 13, the appropriate condition is met in relation to a child if condition A or condition B is met.

(2)Condition A is met if the child is within section 512ZB(4) (provision of free school lunches and milk).

(3)Condition B is met if—

(a)a parent of the child, with whom the child is ordinarily resident, is a person to whom working tax credit is awarded, and

(b)the award is at the rate which is the maximum rate for the parent's case or, in the case of an award to him jointly with another, at the rate which is the maximum rate for their case.

Meaning of “qualifying school” etcE+W

15(1)The definitions in sub-paragraphs (2) to (5) apply for the purposes of this Schedule.

(2)Qualifying school” in relation to a child means—

(a)a community, foundation or voluntary school,

(b)a community or foundation special school,

(c)a school approved under section 342 (non-maintained special schools),

(d)a pupil referral unit,

(e)a maintained nursery school, or

(f)a city technology college, a city college for the technology of the arts or an Academy.

(3)In relation to a child with special educational needs, an independent school, other than a college or Academy falling within sub-paragraph (2)(f), is also a “qualifying school” if—

(a)it is the only school named in the statement maintained for the child under section 324, or

(b)it is one of two or more schools named in that statement and of those schools it is the nearer or nearest to the child's home.

(4)Disabled child” means a child who has a disability for the purposes of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and “disability” is to be construed accordingly.

(5)Walking distance” has the meaning given by section 444(5).

(6)“Religion” and “belief” are to be read in accordance with section 509AD(3).

(7)In the case of a child who is a registered pupil at both a pupil referral unit and at a school other than a unit, references in this Schedule to the school at which he is a registered pupil are to be read as references to the unit.

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