How far away would you live from your child's school?

(30 Posts)
Gatita1980 Fri 30-Aug-13 15:49:48

We are thinking of moving to North Devon and think we have chosen a school, we now have to figure out where to live. Our preferred place does have a bus that runs to the school but it is quite a long journey considering the ages of our kids. Thoughts please smile

Talkinpeace Fri 30-Aug-13 15:52:58

In time or distance?

And seasons ..... North Devon on a Friday afternoon in July is full of grockles

Gatita1980 Fri 30-Aug-13 15:56:17

Time please, I appreciate the roads won't be as manic as in July/August, but we will have work and school traffic to contend with.

meditrina Fri 30-Aug-13 16:09:20

Is it a private school, where you can be sure of an offer?

Because if state, the first thing you need to do is check the "greatest distance offered" for places over the last few years and then see what lies comfortably within that zone.

NoComet Fri 30-Aug-13 16:13:16

Time not distance is the killer for happy DCs. (Catchment issues aside)

My secondary was 12 miles and 15 minutes away.

DDs is 6 miles and it takes their bus over an hour. Council are too cheapskate to provide a few extra minibuses so the routes are truly mind boggling.

blueshoes Fri 30-Aug-13 16:17:21

10 and 20 minute walk respectively to each of DC's junior schools. We moved to be closer to their schools. This is London.

Talkinpeace Fri 30-Aug-13 16:29:16

Round here (Hampshire) 20 minutes = around 15 miles

Gatita1980 Sat 31-Aug-13 07:51:08

Thank you for this, I had found what I thought was the perfect school, but it's too far from our preferred living area and it would not be fair to ask the kids to travel so far each day, the time they spent with us would be more valuable.

lljkk Sat 31-Aug-13 10:24:59

I want to say 20 minutes max, too. That's about 10 miles here. 80 minutes a day is a lot of driving (and expensive, £10 on my little efficient car).

lily9478 Sat 31-Aug-13 15:35:27

We live about 10 minutes away from DD1's school but she takes the bus which takes about 30 minutes. We live about 15 or 20 minutes away from DD2's school; she also takes the bus which takes about 30 or 35 minutes. They are both in secondary school.

IndridCold Sat 31-Aug-13 18:01:57

No point going to live by the beach if they don't get home until 6pmsmile.

Our journey was about 20 minutes for 10 miles, which was fine, but I did find that we had to leave the house by 8 in the morning, otherwise we would be held up by the traffic jams going into Tavistock. Leaving 5 minutes late could make us 10 or 15 minutes late to school.

Taz1212 Sat 31-Aug-13 18:26:13

DS(11) gets the school bus and it's an hour each way.

Silverfoxballs Sat 31-Aug-13 18:28:45

I live almost across the road from DS school, I used to walk almost two miles to school in high school and DH commuted in to central London on the train.

I would only live within walking distance, so two miles tops, preferably within a mile.

Gatita1980 Sat 31-Aug-13 19:51:46

Yeah well that all makes sense, if we can find somewhere nice and close to the school it would be perfect, we have never been able to walk them to school, I would love that.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 31-Aug-13 19:58:20

We live 7 miles away from the junior school. It takes just over half an hour to get there in the morning & 20 mins in the afternoon.

Dd starts secondary next week at a school 35 miles away. It will take between 45 mins to an hour each way.

averyyoungkitten Sun 01-Sep-13 14:14:39

For me it might depend on whether there is a school bus running near where I choose to live. In my own case my DC are 40 mins drive from school, and I consider that maximum as to what I think is acceptable.

The problem with North Devon isnt the state of the roads in summer ( or the grockles), its also the difficult and inaccessible nature of many places in winter. Raods like the A 39 ( the "snake road") are difficult to pass in winter weather. Many of the roads are slow because of their climbing and single carriageway/rural nature. The A 377 gets blocked with a slight sleet fall. The A386 can be impassible in places with flooding / snow in bad winter weather. The list goes on.

Twinklestarstwinklestars Sun 01-Sep-13 14:20:22

We live about 6 miles from the school which takes about 10 mins, its not the catchment area one but that's on town with no parking so actually takes longer to get to than the village school they go to.

iseenodust Sun 01-Sep-13 18:15:58

We live 35mins drive from DS new school and are moving to be nearer and on the school bus route. The idea of nearly 3 hours a day in the car is doing my head in !

HmmAnOxfordComma Sun 01-Sep-13 18:33:19

Ds started secondary at an independent 9 miles away (but in the centre of town and opposite directions from both places of work). It was taking about 40 mins to get him to school (and 20 mins to get back on track to our normal work route) and the same in reverse in the evening.

I wouldn't recommend it.

We put our house on the market one term in and moved two and a half terms in.

We now live opposite school.

Gatita1980 Sun 01-Sep-13 20:15:37

Eugh so much to think about....thank you for all of your feedback, please let me know if you have any more input.

poppydoppy Mon 02-Sep-13 16:00:34

Distance is not such an issue while they are young but as they hit teen years its hard to get them out of bed in the mornings plus they have more homework. Near to home is better IMO

cory Wed 04-Sep-13 15:27:53

I would consider half an hour or even 45 minutes acceptable for walking. And maybe an hour on the bus.

But would be hesitant about any solution that might be unworkable in ordinarily bad weather and/or would make them socially totally dependent on you.

TeenAndTween Thu 05-Sep-13 18:53:11

I know it has been mentioned above, but OP hasn't acknowledged the point, so incase OP has missed it I will say it again:

If this is for state schooling, make sure you would be high enough up the priority / waiting list to get a place. No point living too far away or being accidentally out of catchment.

Gatita1980 Thu 05-Sep-13 21:17:28

OP?

Bowlersarm Thu 05-Sep-13 21:20:31

Op I can't see whether your DC are primary or secondary?

Secondary school age able to travel a lot further than primary.

My teens are 50 mins each way.

bsc Thu 05-Sep-13 21:20:32

Orignal Post(er)

Gatita1980 Thu 05-Sep-13 21:28:36

OP? Original Poster?
My kids are currently 5 and 3, so in Yr 1 and last year of nursery.

Madmog Fri 06-Sep-13 10:09:12

We are lucky and only a 5/10 minute walk from the school. There are others in the immediate area who have a 30 minute walk. My daughter's friend gets the school bus but is the first pick up on the route at 7.50am - it's only a 10 minute car drive away. It's worth looking at the County Council website/talking to the school and finding out which buses service the school and then the timetable to see how long travel is.

I realize you are concerned with the right school and travel, but do think about forming friendships in new areas. If they are close to the school, it will be so much easier for them to meet up in the holidays/weekends - my daughter has two lovely friends further away, but she sees the ones a lot closer a lot more often as they can just walk to each others rather than having to worry about buses, if a parent can give a lift.

hmc Fri 06-Sep-13 21:44:55

DD's school is 12 miles away. Nearest secondary school is 7 miles however (so nowhere is uber close). It takes around 25 minutes to drive her one way - fast route down a major trunk road (I collect in the afternoon) and her journey on the school bus in the morning is 45 minutes

Gatita1980 Sat 07-Sep-13 17:12:28

Seems like 20 mins each way would be tops for Primary - by car that is

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