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What does nearest qualifying school mean?

This is the school nearest to your child’s home address, which suits their age and meets their needs. Their needs might include:

  • Ability - Some children may attend a grammar school if they are deemed academically able, by sitting the Medway Test or by reviewing their school work.
  • Faith - We will count a faith school as a child’s nearest qualifying school if they are a regularly practising member of a church with the same faith as the school.
  • Medical needs – Some children will have physical disabilities or special educational needs which require schools with special facilities.

A parent’s preference for a single sex or mixed school or for a school which teaches certain subjects cannot be taken into account.

Once an application has been assessed, we can tell parents which school is considered as the nearest qualifying school to their home for travel purposes.

If parents express a preference for a school which is not the nearest qualifying school and are offered a place, the pupil does not qualify for free transport even if the school is more than the two or three mile statutory walking distance.