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Am I nuts to choose a school 10 min drive away?

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tvhearts Sat 16-Dec-17 00:22:37

Well basically that is the question!!!

What are your thoughts I've looked at all the schools in my area and I definitely think it's the best! BUT, out of interest, in other peoples experience will the drive be more of a big deal then I'm expecting??

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Sat 16-Dec-17 00:25:48

Ten minutes? No. Most of the kids at my dds school live out of catchment. If we didn’t accept them our school would have shut years ago. It’s quite normal.

isittheholidaysyet Sat 16-Dec-17 00:33:39

We're rural, but mine is 10 to 15mins.
There is a school in our village, but we liked this one.
People drive a hell of a lot further than us though.

My only thought, though would be to do a practice drive at school drop off and pick up times, and park car and walk to school gate.
Is it definitely only 10mins?

blibblibs Sat 16-Dec-17 00:39:04

We do that journey everyday and in the morning double back on ourselves to get to work.
It's not bad at all but do check the journey out at the right time. Mine is halved when I have a later pick up with after school clubs.

Ninjakittysmells Sat 16-Dec-17 00:44:00

This is not even something that would be on my radar - our school is quite rural and we are 15/20 mins away, which is standard. 10 mins is nothing - what is your concern about it?!

Ashara Sat 16-Dec-17 00:53:33

Totally fine! We chose a school outside our village - if I don't leave early I can be stuck in traffic for ages. So we leave at least half an hour before school starts, park up and do reading.

SteelyPip Sat 16-Dec-17 00:59:11

My son's school is around a 15 minute drive off peak - which means I have to allow at least 30 minutes and then time to park and walk. I'm used to it now and it's part of the routine - but sometimes it does feel like all I do is drive to school and back. The time it bugs me the most is if I feel a bit ropey and know that other people manage to walk their kids to school and get back home in half an hour all done.

If you're happy with the school though, it's definitely worth doing.

tvhearts Sat 16-Dec-17 07:38:32

Ahh thanks so much for your replies!! My DS does a couple of mornings in the nursery class there so I've been doing it already, it's maximum 10 mins as it's rural. It's been fine but just wondering if when I'm doing it 5x a week it might be more of a pain. There are schools nearer and one I could even walk to but I just love this one. I do get comments from people "oh why do you go all the way over there?" which is annoying.

It's good to know other people do it and it's do-able so thanks xx

Greenshoots1 Sat 16-Dec-17 07:44:40

more important, how long does it take to walk?

Sirzy Sat 16-Dec-17 07:46:36

Just be careful if the school is a good one is it likely to be over subscribed? In which case you may not get in

AuntLydia Sat 16-Dec-17 07:49:01

I moved 10 minutes down the road from my kidd school and kept them there. Didn't even give it a second thought to be honest. Only issue I've found is, as they've got older, all their friends live over there and they can call round each others houses easily which can make my lot feel left out. Also, any after school clubs that are on for an hour are a right pain with siblings who finish normal time as it feels like I'm up and down the road constantly.

underneaththeash Sat 16-Dec-17 07:49:20

I worried about it too, in London we used to be a 2-3 minute walk from school, which moved to a 10 minute drive when we moved out.

It's really nothing, I was used to it within a couple of weeks and doesn't feel like a chore at all.

MiaowTheCat Sat 16-Dec-17 07:49:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tvhearts Sat 16-Dec-17 07:58:20

Miaowthecat i agree!! Some people have such a Bee in their Bonnet about it

tvhearts Sat 16-Dec-17 07:59:02

Thanks everyone smile

Greenshoots1 Sat 16-Dec-17 08:19:00

I think walking to school gets overstated on here sometimes

how can it be "overstated" when unnecessary car journeys are causing lethal levels of pollution in our children's environment?

No one should be driving children to school, obviously if you are physically disabled that is a completely different situation, but for a normal, healthy parent to deliberately plan a school journey which includes driving as a normal day to day occurrence is morally wrong.

theaveragewife Sat 16-Dec-17 08:23:28

greenshoots biscuit

We now live 30 mins from school, but my work is 10 mins from school meaning I drop them off on the route I would do anyway. There are no buses from our location, what would you suggest I do? Work the fields?

wednesdayswench Sat 16-Dec-17 08:24:32

You will find this travel time is when your DS tells you all about his day, if you see this car trip every day as a positive (undivided time together, have a snack ready, maybe some of his favourite songs on) those 10 minute trips over the years will add up to hours of quality time together.

You will probably only question your choice in really bad weather, but those are pretty rare really. A small price to pay for attending a great school.

theaveragewife Sat 16-Dec-17 08:27:03

Yy snacks and a playlist help us - and a pillow for when dc are very tired!

Allthecoolkids Sat 16-Dec-17 08:32:33

“No one should be driving children to school,”

Ha. We live rurally.
Should I send them on horseback?
It’s just that the last time I did that the horses made a right mess of the cloakroom...

Coloursthatweremyjoy Sat 16-Dec-17 08:33:54

I drop two children at separate schools on my way to work. All in it takes half an hour. I don't even think about it. Like you I find other people are more worried! But I'd be driving to work anyway.

My husband drives for over an hour every day to work. My commute pales in comparison to that.

tvhearts Sat 16-Dec-17 08:39:18

Yes I think you're right, it becomes part of your routine and you get used to it. It is a fab school so like you say sure it will be worth it.

Haha yes other people do seem more concerned about it.

As for the ridiculous comment :eyeroll: smile

Greenshoots1 Sat 16-Dec-17 08:40:18

We now live 30 mins from school, but my work is 10 mins from school meaning I drop them off on the route I would do anyway. There are no buses from our location, what would you suggest I do? Work the fields?

*Ha. We live rurally.
Should I send them on horseback?
It’s just that the last time I did that the horses made a right mess of the cloakroom...*

people need to consider these things, when planning where to live/work etc. And need to think about public transport when considering who to vote for.

The world is being killed by wealthy first worlders who jump into their cars as a matter of course, as some sort of automatic entitlement.

Whether you like it or not, the age of private car ownership is drawing to a close, and the next generation won't have that option anyway,

but that is still some way off, in the meantime, irreparable damage could be done, and we are all responsible for not being so wildly profligate with everyone else's resources

falange Sat 16-Dec-17 08:44:26

Sorry, I don't understand how a ten minute drive would be a problem?

MiaowTheCat Sat 16-Dec-17 08:50:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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