Go to navigation
It is currently Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:41 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:24 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:50 am
Posts: 9
Hi All,
I am new to this forum and I am not sure if this has been discussed in the earlier posts. I have checked but could not topic on transport arrangement from Swindon to grammar schools in Gloustershire.

I need information on transport arrangement from Swindon to STR, Ribston, Crypt and HSFG. I have contacted Denwell but they only go to Pate and STR.
Any information on private transport arrangement or car sharing will be appreciated.
Thanks
Quest


Last edited by quest on Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:34 pm
Posts: 930
Please bear in mind that traffic coming along the A419 is often slow around Birdlip, down right awful at times and we can expect months of disruption in Gloucester with the roundabout improvments going on and there can be emergencies when children need collecting and after school activities- for example my DD at Ribston has had drama, dance and science activities finishing at 5pm. It is a lovely school but if I lived in Swindon I would not be looking to put them through that sort of journey for 5-7 years. My dd's best friend has survived 18 months travelling on a school bus from the Forest of Dean to Ribston and has now decided to go to much more local school instead after finding out a place was available. She is so much happier getting the local bus herself rather than needing parents to drop her off for an hour long bus journey which often turns out longer and getting up at a civilised time of the morning. I am sure she will still do well with the parental support she has.


Last edited by DC17C on Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:55 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:28 am
Posts: 1775
I have to agree with DC17C. I regularly travel to and from Cirencester along the A419 and to be honest, I really wouldn't put a child through it. The roadworks when they start are going to be a nightmare. You have to balance your family life and think of all the other commitments you have. I have had to go into Ribston several times for the inevitable "illness" telephone calls and it is a pain, and I only live in Cheltenham. Another example is there is an evening Cathedral service in Gloucester next month. Also, having friends from far and wide can be an issue.

Sorry to sound negative, but I thought it only right to point this out as I know how easy it is to become "locked onto" a grammar school. You all have lives. Alternatively, is train a possibility (although I'm guessing that will be seriously expensive). Good luck with your decision.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun May 13, 2007 8:03 pm
Posts: 1827
Location: Gloucestershire
The train from Swindon (and Kemble) to Stroud for Stroud High & Marling is much used by children and the station is a short walk from the schools. Being a public service so if staying for an after-school club, your child can get a later train home.

_________________
Capers


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:23 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:06 pm
Posts: 434
I think coaches direct do a service from Cirencester. Also remember what seems like a long day when they are 10 is just fine when they are 13.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:41 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:27 am
Posts: 340
we are in Swindon.
ds will start at Marling in Sept and take the train. 30 mins Swindon to Stroud and then walk up the hill.

There is a bus from Cricklade, (and possibly Purton?) and it goes through Cirencester, and there seem to be quite a crowd from Ciren. It is a long journey though, twice a day. I did Cirencester to Cheltenham for school and I would not want a longer journey for my dcs.

I think (but I have no details) that I have heard there is a bus from the orbital centre to the grammar schools in Gloucester, but that may be a private mini-bus organised by parents.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:01 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:50 am
Posts: 9
I thank you all for your suggestions. My ds and three others are starting in Sept 2014. We live in the same area but they are all in different schools (STR, Ribston and HSFG).
We (parents) all commute from Swindon to work which makes it hard to take turns to drop them off in their various schools.

Train stations are far from the schools and will require taking buses at some point which will add to journey time.

@steppmum, I was told that the mini bus arrangement from orbital is fully booked for Sept 2014.

We have four months to the resumption date. I will be grateful for any information on people who are currently sharing or a link to parents that are making private arrangements.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:17 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:27 am
Posts: 340
if there is a minibus going that is fully booked and you have 4 kids looking to do that journey, I wonder if it would be worth asking if they would consider changing to a larger minibus?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 4:12 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:09 pm
Posts: 276
There is certainly a mini-bus that arrives at STRS from Swindon every morning. Don't know if that's the same mini-bus you are already aware of. Perhaps ring the school office and see if they have any details?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:41 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:34 pm
Posts: 2
Hi All,

My son got a place in Crypt and he is starting in Sept 2014. I live in Swindon. Please let me know if there is any kind of transport arrangement from Swindon to Cypt school.

Any pointers very much appreciated.

Regards,
Gopal


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016