Schools: Transport

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 12th June 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils below the age of eight years use school-provided transport, broken down by county.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The available information held centrally relates to mode of travel to school, and does not separately identify school-provided transport.

The Department does not hold complete data relating to mode of travel to school. Provision of this information is only compulsory for those schools with an approved travel plan. The scope of collection includes: maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools, city technology colleges, academies and special schools.

In the spring 2007 School Census, mode of travel data were supplied for almost 70 per cent. of pupils. The available national level information relating to pupils aged less than eight is provided in the table. An analysis at county level could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Updated information relating to spring 2008 is expected to be available by the end of June 2008.

Nursery, primary, secondary and special schools( 1) : number of pupils aged less than eight by mode of travel( 2, 3) , As at January 2007, England
Pupils aged less than 8( 2)
Number Percentage
Walk 1,012,590 40.6
Cycle 16,160 0.6
Car/van 654,230 26.2
Car share 50,880 2.0
Public service bus 22,370 0.9
Dedicated school bus 26,310 1.1
Bus (type not known) 8,040 0.3
Taxi 12,060 0.5
Train 640 0.0
London underground 300 0.0
Metro/tram/light rail 320 0.0
Boarding pupil—not applicable 30 0.0
Other 7,840 0.3
Mode of travel—not collected 683,640 27.4
Total 2,495,390 100.0
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Includes city technology colleges, academies, maintained and non-maintained special schools.

(2 )Includes pupils aged less than eight as at 31 August 2006. Includes pupils with sole and dual (main) registration.

(3 )Where a pupil uses more than one mode of travel for each journey to school, the longest element of the journey by distance should be recorded.


Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.


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