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## How long does it take your children walk to school?

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How along does it take your children to walk to school? At the moment my Y7 daughter is lucky as she only has a 5 minute walk to school. We're looking at moving though and the only way to get a bigger house is to be on the outskirts of our area entailing a 20-30 minute walk for her. Certainly don't mind her getting the exercise, but just thinking about days when she has her PE kit and violin and it's pouring with rain.

cory Tue 09-Apr-13 09:29:05

Ds' walk to secondary school takes me 35 minutes- takes him about an hour. I suspect his walk is more interesting than mine.

His general health and fitness have improved no end since he started this school and he has now developed a fondness for rambling.

needanewnickname Mon 08-Apr-13 20:30:02

at Tingalingle

Tingalingle Mon 08-Apr-13 17:34:23

If he walks, it takes just over an hour (4.5 miles).

He doesn't do it. Does cycle some days, but not when he needs the tuba.

<awaits tales of rock-hard kids who cycle in the snow with two tubas and a double bass>

needanewnickname Fri 05-Apr-13 19:24:02

My Year 7 DS has a walk which takes 25 minutes if walking briskly. He walks in all weathers and sometimes has to take a musical instrument as well as PE kit. OP, I don't think you need to be worried about the length of the walk, but it is worth thinking about whether it will feel safe, particularly in the dark, and whether your daughter will be the only one from her school having to walk past lots of kids from a different secondary school.

Fri 05-Apr-13 18:21:46

30 minutes for a year 7 seems reasonable to me. In all weathers.

Wed 03-Apr-13 21:32:15

It's about a mile and a half each way, further on Games afternoon as the rugby pitches are at a different site. As for how long it takes him, you might as well ask how long is a piece of string? It depends on how tired he is and who he is walking with. Personally, I can't see why it would take more than thirty-five minutes.

MakingAnotherList Wed 03-Apr-13 18:34:30

My teenagers walk 2.7 miles. It used to take them just under an hour, now it takes them about 35 minutes. They've walked since year 7, now in years 9 & 10.

teacherwith2kids Wed 03-Apr-13 18:30:43

And frankly, in terms of the school's reputation, if I saw children with only blazers on rather than coats in cold weather - and if it became clear that was a school policy - then that is a school whose reputation with me would plummet and I would share my negative perceptions widely, as it clearly shows that they value appearance above children's welfare, and therefore a school to avoid at all costs.

whiteflame Wed 03-Apr-13 18:25:27

There's no way such a ridiculous rule would stand up if challenged (unless maybe a private school). The same as the daft one about not taking blazers and/or jumpers off in extreme heat.

teacherwith2kids Wed 03-Apr-13 18:22:59

Interestingly, the DofE guidance on school uniform states:
"A school should encourage children to walk and cycle to school and give consideration to this when determining the design and style of uniform."

Although this is non-statutory, I suggest that it would be easy to argue that a school that did not permit the wearing of suitable clothing for cold or wet weather was being unreasonable wrt this guidance.

teacherwith2kids Wed 03-Apr-13 18:10:50

So a child, newly returned to school after a period of illness e.g. chest infection or asthma attack, and walking to school through the snow or in the rain, would be put in detention for wearing a coat?????

What planet are the people in the school on, that 'advertising the school' is more important than a child's health and wellbeing - especially as, from your earlier post, it discourages walking for any decent distance and therefore will also reduce overall activity and fitness levels?

Some schools are truly astonishingly petty.

PearlyWhites Wed 03-Apr-13 17:55:46

They do ban coats on the journey they also ban taking off your blazer as you are supposed to be " advertising the school" and yes the other pupils police it and it's an automatic detention.

gazzalw Wed 03-Apr-13 13:30:45

Put it in perspective.

MIL grew up in the countryside and went to a school about 15 miles away. She had a very exposed bike ride of several miles, followed by waiting for a bus-ride (which took about an hour) and she would have had all the above and worn a felt blazer (which undoubtedly have been damp all day long if she had been caught in the rain). She did it every day for five years at grammar school and lived to tell the tale.

I'm sorry but we do pamper children these days. DW is always saying how heavy DS's school bags are - they are - but we were saying that we have no lingering memories of being weighed down by school kit and presumably that's because it's not that great a burden in the scheme of things!

PragmaticWench Wed 03-Apr-13 10:47:29

Hate to sound 'In my day' but I used to have a 30 minute walk to school, carrying a cello and hockey kit many days. It never crossed my mind that this wasn't normal. Surely we should be walking at least this much each day for health reasons?

Wed 03-Apr-13 10:44:56

20 min walk/8-10 min cycle/15 min scoot. We only walk if it has been snowing though as too slippery to cycle. DD much prefers the cycle option and we do this most days.

Wed 03-Apr-13 10:44:07

30 mins normal (chatting) pace. 15 mins when she's running late and runs the whole way there.

Mine regularly has 2 bags and a flute. She manages. She even slogged through the snow like that and came to no harm. She does take a coat as she's not really interested in being cool, she'd rather be warm.

The school I teach in doesn't allow coats inside school but the kids who walk wear them anyway and just fold them up into their bags at school, or carry them from lesson to lesson.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 03-Apr-13 10:41:00

6yo DD1 walks to school on the 2 days/week I don't work
it's exactly one mile, and takes about 20mins in the morning, sometimes nearer 30 in the afternoon if she's tired. it's fine.

Wed 03-Apr-13 10:38:36

Forgot to say, somedays dd has had swimming (not just swimsuit as she does lifesaving straight after school) and photography equipment, although when she first started secondary she insisted on taking every book she owned to school everyday.

usualsuspect Wed 03-Apr-13 10:37:17

A 30 minute walk won't hurt them, Pearly.

Wed 03-Apr-13 10:35:14

My dcs school is 7 miles away. They have a 20-25 minute walk to station, 8 minute tain journey, then another 10-15 minute walk to school. DS used to bike to station but had a brand new bike stolen from the station so that stopped.

Wed 03-Apr-13 10:32:57

DNs school doesn't allow coats, just school blazers. She wears a thin waterproof that fits inside her school bag on wet days. Silly rule!

rivig Wed 03-Apr-13 10:31:42

It's not just the distance - type of road (mine have narrow pavement, heavy lorries etc etc along greater majority of their route so not great) plus one dc bad neck injury from heavy rucksack and lockers aren't big enough plus not allowed to leave instruments at school and if do you can't practice anyway! Coats in winter a problem too as have to carry round all day so a big pain.

BooksandaCuppa Wed 03-Apr-13 10:21:38

Sounds mad, but I do know of schools that ban coats being worn around the school grounds AND don't have lockers so that effectively means a ban on coats full stop!

teacherwith2kids Wed 03-Apr-13 10:18:44

DS, by the way, could cycle reasonably safely as far as the route vgoes, but it's the carrying of 'stuff' that makes it impractical on a regular basis.

teacherwith2kids Wed 03-Apr-13 10:17:37

Pearly, surely no school can ban wearing coats while on a journey to school? That's just daft - what about when it's wet / snowing? I know many DCs don't like wearing coats, and it's not seen as 'cool' to wear them, but I have never heard of a school - primary or secondary - where coats cannot be worn on the journey to school. Do the 'coat police' patrol the catchment area??

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