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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:29 pm 
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Hi All
First time posting. Is there anyone out there travelling from Burton Upon On Trent to KES or KECHB?
Can you post your DS experience?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:13 am 
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Yes my ds1 in KECH has a friend from Burton on Trent in his class.
He gets the train to New Street then gets a shared taxi to KECH.
I imagine it is a pretty tough journey to be fair but he seems to be managing!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:12 am 
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Hi Um thanks for the reply.
If there is anyone else out there in a similar position any feed back would be appreciated in helping to make our decision as to which school to send him to if the opportunity arrises.

thx Outsider


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:21 am 
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I would really suggest that you make the journey yourself rather than look at it theoretically on a travel planner.
Theoretically, the journey from ours to Queen Mary's is 45 minutes so we were considering this as one of our options for ds2. However on open day dh and ds2 actually made the journey (train then bus). It took almost 2 hours each way and was quite exhausting, so lovely as the school is, I just couldn't consider it as an option after that.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:56 am 
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outsider wrote:
Hi Um thanks for the reply.
If there is anyone else out there in a similar position any feed back would be appreciated in helping to make our decision as to which school to send him to if the opportunity arrises.


I’m sure one of my sons is friendly with a boy travelling from Burton to KES. If you PM an email address to me then I’ll pass it on; that’ll be after half term. The short version is - “yes it’s possible.” When would you be applying? Or are you preparing for a choice this year?

I’ve tried quite a few different routes to most selective schools around Birmingham – a while ago now though. For me, the bus from New Street to Camphill would definitely push things just too far, and Um's 'shared taxi' connections might suit you better.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:21 pm 
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Um thanks for the advice
Hi Dibble

Thanks for the reply.

Our DS has taken the grammar school exams and the KES exam this year awaiting results on grammars and have attended an AP interview at KES.

On travel planner it's a train journey from burton to university station, so KES seems do able, we would like our DS to have someone campanionship on the journey to start off with should we choose this school. How do I PM my email to you directly?

Thanks Outsider


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:41 pm 
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If it is a choice between KES and KECH, it would be much easier to get to KES than to KECH, with only a train journey.

outsider wrote:
Um thanks for the advice
Hi Dibble

Thanks for the reply.

Our DS has taken the grammar school exams and the KES exam this year awaiting results on grammars and have attended an AP interview at KES.



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:57 am 
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outsider wrote:
How do I PM...


When you’re **logged-in** and viewing posts you’ll see a little ‘pm’ button near the bottom left hand side of each posting to send a personal message to the contributor of that particular message. If you’re not used to them, they work a little differently from email (you can edit them, for a start) but it’s not difficult.

Please check your pm's (see 'new messages' top left hand side of every screen you see when you’re **logged-in**) first though.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:21 am 
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outsider wrote:
On travel planner it's a train journey from burton to university station, so KES seems do able,


Yeh, it’s amazing really. For anyone else considering it (according to my son)... There’s a direct train every so often Burton<-->University that takes 45 minutes. The one arriving at (IIRC) 8:36 is a little late for registration but if you talk to the school they may be accommodating. The 1639 is the first sensible train from University homeward. In an ideal world that would be leaving 15 minutes earlier but overall your son may spend no longer travelling than mine and, with no changes, much more chance to attack some homework on the train.


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