Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
Discretionary travel scheme
Some 5-16 year olds in Norfolk will qualify for free travel. This depends on how old your child is, which school they go to and where they live, and whether they have any special educational needs or mobility issues.
All applications for school transport are considered on a case-by-case basis, taking personal circumstances and legal requirements into account.
Your child will be entitled to free transport, to and from school, if they:
- Are of compulsory school age (5 to 16-years-old) on 1 September in the school year
- Are aged 4 but will be 5 before 31 August in the school year
- Attend the nearest school in their catchment area, or the nearest school with a place (Longham, East and West Lexham, Tittleshall and Mileham).
- Live more than 2 miles walking distance from school when under the age of 8
- Live more than 3 miles walking distance from school when aged 8 or over
Have a statement of special educational needs or an educational, health and care plan that states they need it. More details available on Norfolk County Council Website. https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-and-college-transport/school-transport
We will also provide transport for children with mobility problems or a severe medical condition, unless they live close enough to school to be able to make their own way, using a wheelchair or suitable alternative.
We do not provide midday journeys for children attending school part-time.
The local authority does not provide transport for students who live outside the catchment area.
Parents of pupils living outside the catchment area make their own arrangements for transport but it may be possible for them to make use of the local authority's discretionary travel scheme. This scheme is provided so that any spare seats on contracted school transport vehicles can be offered to pupils who are not entitled to free transport. Further details of this scheme are available from the Transport Office at County Hall. (Telephone 0844 8008003).
If pupils cycle to and from school, the bicycle used should be in good condition for the road. A padlock should be provided and the bicycle locked on arrival at school. A bike shed is available but the school cannot accept any liability for loss or damage to bicycle equipment.
It is strongly recommended that cyclists wear a helmet, easily seen, light-coloured clothing and fluorescent bands.