Decision details

Procurement of Special Educational Needs Home to School Transport (including some miscellaneous routes)

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval for the procurement of Special Educational Needs Home to School Transport (including some miscellaneous routes).


To agree to proceed with the review and re-procurement of transport contracts to six SEND schools and some miscellaneous contracts for Home to School transport services.

Reasons for the decision:

This procurement is within the Council’s policy framework and appropriate budgets exist within Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) for the work to be carried out and financed.

Integrated Passenger Transport (IPT) undertakes to review all of its SEN and Mainstream Home to School transport service contracts (delegated responsibility from The Corporate Director of Children and Young Peoples Service) across North Yorkshire through a programme of area/school reviews. Current contracts for six SEN Schools are due to end in July 2021 and new contracts must be secured to start on 6th September 2021. The six SEN Schools that are being reviewed are

• Brompton Hall, Scarborough – 23 contracts
• Forest, Knaresborough – 29 contracts
• Forest Moor, Harrogate – 32 contracts
• Springwater, Harrogate – 17 contracts
• Woodlands, Scarborough – 16 contracts
• Marchbank, Darlington (out of county provision) 7 contracts

The review of SEN transport provision is done jointly between IPT and the SEN Transport Team in Inclusion. This involves a detailed review of each pupil and their travel needs.

In addition to the six-school review above, it is planned to put out six services that form one contract for the Harrogate Schools Bus network under the miscellaneous part of this procurement. The contract was extended due to COVID but is due for renewal from September 2021

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 27/04/2021

Date of decision: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 06/05/2021

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