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Bradfields Academy

Bradfields Academy

Transport & Dinners

SEN Travel Assistance

Applying for SEN travel assistance

Medway Council offer a range of flexible travel assistance options for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).

This allows children to gain confidence and independence by helping them to get to school or to an educational placement while meeting their needs and allowing them to socialise.

Education travel assistance is provided for pupils of compulsory school age, 5 to 16.

How to apply

To apply for SEN travel assistance for the first time or to reapply you will need to complete an application form online.

To apply, you'll need:

  • the child's details, including name, address and date of birth
  • education provider details
  • your details, including name, address and contact details.

You may also need: 

  • SEN officers name
  • details of any benefits you receive
  • details of the child's health or behavioural support needs and medication
  • details about your health conditions if it makes it difficult for you to accompany the child to school.

Apply for SEN travel assistance online, via the link below:

If you live in Medway visit the Medway council website:

Applying for SEN travel assistance | Special educational needs travel | Medway Council

If you live in Kent use the Kent County Council website:

Free school transport - Kent County Council

PLEASE NOTE

Unless otherwise agreed, you MUST apply for SEND Travel Assistance every year.  This process can be accessed as above and opens around April each year.  Please make sure you do this as early as possible each year, otherwise transport may not be in place at the start of term in September.

Moving House

If you are moving house or need to make changes to your child’s transport arrangements, you must first speak to Medway SEN Department on 01634 306000. The transport company or driver do not have the authority to make any changes without permission from Medway Council.

As changes can take a few days to arrange you should ensure you give plenty of notice beforehand.

Do not forget to also let us know of any changes to your address or telephone numbers.

Dinners 

Dinners are provided at the academy in the Lower and Upper Site dining rooms.  These meals are prepared on site.

The cost of the meals is as follows:

Primary Students: £12.50 per week (£2.40 per day)

Secondary Students: £12.50 per week (£2.50 per day)

Payment for these meals should be made via SchoolGateway App - via the app.  Downloadable from the iTunes and Android Store.

For further information on SchoolGateway, please click here.

A copy of the menus can be found by clicking on the below attachment.

If you have any queries please contact the academy office on 01634 683990.

Free School Meals 

Free school meals for infants

All children attending school in Reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a school meal free of charge.

Even though your child will receive a school meal, if you are receiving any of the benefits listed below you should still apply as your child’s school will also be entitled to extra funding of £1,300 known as Pupil Premium.

Apply for free school meals

To make an application for free school meals you must apply online. Paper applications are no longer available.

Apply for free school meals online

 Visit the link below to start your application: 

You will need to provide:

  • your own name and date of birth
  • contact details
  • national insurance number or national asylum seekers number
  • child's name and date of birth
  • school your child is attending or will attend

Free school meals from Year 3 onwards

If you have children under 19 years old and still in full time education, they may be entitled to a free school meal if you receive either:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-one paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit 

You will not be entitled to Free School Meals if you receive any element of Working Tax Credit or if your annual household income (as assessed by HMRC) is greater than £16,190.

Proof of your benefit will not need to be provided at this stage, however, you will be informed if any proof of benefit is required at a later date.