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medic78 Thu 01-May-14 21:06:34

Ds currently gets a bus to school but it is proving expensive. Would you let your year 5 child walk to school with a couple of friends.
Thank you

Pleasejustgo Thu 01-May-14 21:07:25

Not at 5. No chance.

candycoatedwaterdrops Thu 01-May-14 21:07:57

What is the route like? Is he sensible and more importantly, are his friend?

Zingy123 Thu 01-May-14 21:07:58

With an adult yes. On their own no way.

deakymom Thu 01-May-14 21:08:09

how old at year 5?

Pleasejustgo Thu 01-May-14 21:08:35

Oh sorry year 5. Depends in maturity etc. We've only just let DC walk to school in yr 5 but it's across the road.

Her friend walks jersey to and from school and it's a little under a mile.

LittleMisslikestobebythesea Thu 01-May-14 21:08:46

Year 5 is 9/10?

Hmm would depend how sensible they are, are there decent pavements, roads to cross etc.

Harrin Thu 01-May-14 21:09:19

Year 5? So about 10 years old right? I think it depends on the child and the kids he'd be walking with

deakymom Thu 01-May-14 21:09:48

10/11? fine as long as the route is safe enough for him

Pleasejustgo Thu 01-May-14 21:10:07

Sorry FROM school (so I know she gets home) I've had some wines. Actually that's a lie, I've had a sip but I've been up since 4 with mad DCs who think I'm a jungle gym.

incogKNEEto Thu 01-May-14 21:10:07

Year 5 is 9-10 isn't it? If he's sensible and hasn't got to cross major roads I would think that's ok if he's with his friends.

tobysmum77 Thu 01-May-14 21:10:12

dd walks that far a couple of times a week at 5 (but with an adult obviously wink ). y5 I guess it depends where you are/ if there are busy roads to cross/ what the child is like etc....

Sigyn Thu 01-May-14 21:11:07

I would actually be happier if they were on their own in some ways than with friends. But it depends on the dynamic.

But is she already getting the bus? Is it alone, or a school bus?

I think its not somewhere I'd economise personally, if I could avoid it. The thing is, you wouldn't know necessarily if she'd arrived or not, or not fast.

Sigyn Thu 01-May-14 21:11:52

In terms of would I be happy for them to do that distance. Yes absolutely. All mine do that regularly, youngest is 6, oldest 10.

Forgettable Thu 01-May-14 21:12:19


Yr 6 is 10/11

Mine walked to from school unacc at that age, small village, mostly pavement

But they were non-giddy kids, not all that age are

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 01-May-14 21:12:41

Not quite yet I think, unless there's no, or very quiet, roads en route.

All of course depending on the individual childs maturity and whether you could trust them to behave safely.

And not until I had secretly tailed them a few times.

WaitMonkey Thu 01-May-14 21:14:35

I wouldn't.

specialsubject Thu 01-May-14 21:15:53

distance is fine but what about road crossing? They really aren't mature enough to judge it and MUST use pedestrian crossings.

medic78 Thu 01-May-14 21:17:09

Its a school bus. They are dropped off in school grounds and bus stop is close to our house.

medic78 Thu 01-May-14 21:17:30

Thank you for replies.

WorraLiberty Thu 01-May-14 21:17:58

I don't think it makes any difference whether other posters would allow it or not.

It totally depends upon the child and the area imo.

If this was my DS2, I would have no problem at all. If it was my DS1 or DS3, not a chance in hell as they weren't road wise enough...despite DH and I desperately trying to get them to be.

Louise1956 Thu 01-May-14 21:33:50

I might, but it would depend a lot on the route taken, how safe it was with crossing roads etc. if it was a safe route, and he was with friends, i wouldn't mind.

DeWee Thu 01-May-14 22:02:47

Yes, but dd1 and dd2 walked together when they were year 5 and 3, further than that.

SpocksThirdEar Thu 01-May-14 22:12:46

Yes, I'd let mine. The only reason mine don't is because I work at the school and I have to get their younger brother. My eldest walked home on his own from y5. It's 1.5 miles, a few side roads to cross and a main road with a crossing.

Xihha Fri 02-May-14 00:52:09

My year 5 child, no, because he just can't seem to grasp that you have to look both ways before crossing the road, plus he'd get distracted by something and be hours late for school every day, most of his friends could probably manage it though.

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