Mother, 31, is fuming after son, 11, is forced to walk two miles home every day because they live too near school for a bus pass even though the child next door does qualify for free ticket

  • Hudson Griffiths, 11, was denied a bus pass because he lives just within the limit
  • His house is 1.972 miles from the 2 mile catchment area and is not eligible
  • Hudson's angry mother Kiri, 31, has blasted her local council for the decision
  • 'He is 11 years old, I don't think he should be walking along two miles along a route that I think it dangerous, especially during the winter,' Mrs Griffiths said 

A furious mother-of-one has hit out because her 11-year-old son is forced to walk two miles home everyday because they live too near the school for a bus pass - despite the child next door qualifying for a free pass. 

Hudson Griffiths, 11, was denied a free bus pass because his front door is just a few yards too close to school, leaving his mother Kiri, 31, enraged that her child has to walk that far during the potentially dangerous winter months. 

'He is 11 years old, I don't think he should be walking along two miles along a route that I think it dangerous, especially during the winter months,' Mrs Griffiths said.

Hudson Griffiths, 11, was denied a free bus pass because his front door is just a few yards too close to school, leaving his mother Kiri, 31, enraged that her child has to walk that far during the potentially dangerous winter months

Hudson Griffiths, 11, was denied a free bus pass because his front door is just a few yards too close to school, leaving his mother Kiri, 31, enraged that her child has to walk that far during the potentially dangerous winter months

Hudson hoped to hop on board a coach with his mates at St John the Baptist School in Aberdare, South Wales, from his home in village of Abernant two miles away. 

But a new walking route calculated this year means he does not qualify for a free bus pass. 

In the morning the youngster has to catch a lift with parents who drop him into school on their way to work. 

But once the school bell has rung for the end of the day, Mrs Griffiths said her son has no choice but to walk the 2.1 mile journey back to their front door. 

Mrs Griffiths said: 'We have to drive past the bus stop every morning, and all his friends who live in the same street are there.'

Mrs Griffiths tried to apply for a paid place on the bus - but was told it was too late and there was no room for Hudson. 

Mrs Griffiths and her husband Damian, 35, both work full time hours between 9am and 5pm, which means they can't pick Hudson up from school. 

She said: 'It isn't so bad in the morning as we can take him there, but in the evenings, especially as the days get darker, I don't want him walking home. 

Hudson hoped to hop on board a coach with his mates at St John the Baptist School in Aberdare, South Wales, from his home in village of Abernant two miles away

But once the school bell has rung for the end of the day, Mrs Griffiths said her son has no choice but to walk the 2.1 mile journey back to their front door

But once the school bell has rung for the end of the day, Mrs Griffiths said her son has no choice but to walk the 2.1 mile journey back to their front door

'He is only 11, and he is a little nervous about walking home. The path is secluded and also crosses over a busy road. I think it is dangerous to ask a child to walk that far by themselves.' 

A spokeswoman for Rhondda Cynon Taf council said: 'Free school transport is given to pupils living more than two miles from their nearest or catchment school a generous provision in comparison to Welsh Government's statutory provision for this age group, which stands at three miles. 

'The council uses consistent criteria to determine eligibility, measured by the shortest safe walking distance - while additional factors are also considered such as whether it is safe for the pupil to walk along or accompanied by an appropriate adult. 

In the morning the youngster has to catch a lift with parents who drop him into school on their way to work. But once the school bell has rung for the end of the day, Mrs Griffiths said her son has no choice but to walk the 2.1 mile journey back to their front door

In the morning the youngster has to catch a lift with parents who drop him into school on their way to work. But once the school bell has rung for the end of the day, Mrs Griffiths said her son has no choice but to walk the 2.1 mile journey back to their front door

'The pupil from Abernant has been assessed as living 1.972 miles from the catchment faith school and is therefore not eligible for school transport. 

'The walking route from Abernant to St John Baptist Church in Wales High School is long established and in daily use, in accordance with the Learler Travel (Wales) Measure 2008. 

'Inevitably, there are some pupils who fall just outside the two-mile entitlement limit, but the council must be consistent in its provision for all pupils. 

'The council calculates route measurements using Government-standard Ordnance Survey data, accurate to 1m and generally accepted as the most accurate available. 

The use of alternative methods of measurement for different children from various addresses would not be appropriate, as it would be less accurate and create inequality between families. 

'Parents are offered the possibility of purchasing spare seats on our school transport, but it is a discretionary provision subject to seat availability.'

Mother, 31, is fuming after son, 11, is forced to walk two miles home every day

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