Anger over school transport plan

Flintshire Council is proposing to withdraw free home to school transport from pupils who go to faith schools, but whose admission isn't based on religious grounds.

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Opinions divided over school transport proposals

A council in North Wales is proposing to withdraw free home-to-school transport from pupils who go to faith schools, but whose admission is NOT based on religious grounds.

The plans, which Flinthshire Council says will produce a fair transport policy are out for consultation but could go ahead in September next year. But, as Ian Lang reports, some say it's discrimination.

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Post-16 and denomination school pupil transport could be changed

Flintshire Council says a public consultation is being carried out on two "discretionary aspects" of home to school transport - post-16 transport and transport to denominational schools.

The Council is proposing that for new admissions from September 2014, free transport to denominational (faith) schools is no longer provided for pupils whose admission is not based on faith grounds. Consultation with individual schools will take place to confirm the admission criteria under which pupils are admitted, and suitable evidence of adherence to the faith of the school such as a baptismal certificate or a letter from a priest may be requested.

– A Flintshire Council spokesperson

The consultation will also look at only providing free transport to students aged 16 and under 19 to designated sites, subject to a three-mile distance criteria from September this year. The consultation will run until 12 April.

Flintshire consults on school transport plans

Flintshire Council is consulting with schools over admissions criteria Credit: ITV News

Flintshire Council is considering withdrawing free home to school transport for children who go to faith schools, but whose admission is not based on faith grounds.

The council says the proposals are "intended to produce a fair, equitable and sustainable transport policy."

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