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How can I find out the distance, as the crow flys from my house to certain schools?

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UnfortunatelyMurderedMe Wed 22-Oct-08 21:27:00

<dur> Thick moment, is it obvious, other than getting my ruler out on the map?

TheConstantIroner Wed 22-Oct-08 21:50:08

On Google Earth there is a tool for measuring the distance between two points

mooog Wed 22-Oct-08 21:52:17

Yes it can be done with a ruler. The map has a scale for you to see how far an inch on the map is etc.

plus3 Wed 22-Oct-08 21:53:45

type the destination into google & 1st option is maps. Then can get distances to home in minutes to travel walking car etc.

justagirlfromedgware Wed 22-Oct-08 21:56:18

Even better - go to the Ofsted site here: and search by postcode (box at bottom-left): it will list nearest schools to you automatically by distance.

ThursdayNext Wed 22-Oct-08 22:01:09


More precise than the ofsted one, although in km rather than miles

Though if you live somewhere where tiny distances are important (like me in London) you might want to phone the council for an exact measurement

UnfortunatelyMurderedMe Wed 22-Oct-08 22:06:11

Oh lovely, Thank you!
Now...what are the chances of getting a space(one of 140) at the girls grammar living 1.2 miles away?
<crystal ball>

theyoungvisiter Wed 22-Oct-08 22:08:41

there is a brilliant (government) site called Magic Map - link here. You can plot exact routes, short-cuts over fields etc.

Ignore the topic bit - it's not relevent - just choose something like great britain and then put your postcode in.

swampster Wed 22-Oct-08 22:09:08

I thought it was measured by safe walking distance (eg using zebra crossings etc) rather than crows' flight?

UnfortunatelyMurderedMe Wed 22-Oct-08 22:14:54

Argh, is it. Says distnce and ordnance survey. What does that mean? Crow flies or styles and fields with wellys?grin

ThursdayNext Wed 22-Oct-08 22:16:00

Distance in a straight line here, don't know if that's every borough though.
Unfortunately, do they not publish distances for last intake in the council admissions booklet?

SqueakyPop Wed 22-Oct-08 22:17:50

I would say Google Earth too. You can do as the crow flies, or by driving routes.

UnfortunatelyMurderedMe Wed 22-Oct-08 22:18:25

no they dont, unless ive missed it...hold on....the admissions book does say there were 500 and something applicants for 140 spaces...going to find booklet(thats as big as the yellow pages nearly lol)

somersetmum Wed 22-Oct-08 22:23:14

Also, it is not always from the school's front gate, but some other random, obscure entrance.

Here, it is from a side gate in the school which is deemed to be the closest point of entrance to the centre of the town.

It is also to the closest point of your property, not necessarily the front door.

Phone your LEA. They will know for sure and give you your 'official' measurement.

UnfortunatelyMurderedMe Wed 22-Oct-08 22:33:39

cant find yellow pages booklethmm Have emailed choice advisor, they have been engaged ALL DAY on the phone.
Obscure entrance is fine by me, back entrance is onto country lane, fields, then my house!
Im not going to last till March next year, I need sedated.

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