I am posting this on the Independent schools page (though really its relevant for maintained schools as well) but somehow I get the impression that parents are more inclined to travel further for a school they are paying for! (Obviously this is a gross generalisation, and certainly I know of people who travel from miles away to get into some of the local grammars.)
Anyway, I have started fretting about DC3 and where he will go for secondary education. The competition for grammars is so fierce in SW London, that although reasonably bright, the chances of him getting into one of them is tiny, so I'm widening the net and looking at independents. We have several within reasonably easy striking distance, but I am interested to know just how far children travel to get to a school they really love (or alternatively were just lucky to get into!)
So how far is too far? Anything up to an hour? 20 minutes on a train? Two buses with a 10 minute wait between? Personally, I would be interested in looking at Whitgift and Trinity - particularly because they seem to have quite a generous sponsorhip/bursary policy. But we live in borough of kingston, so a long old haul on two buses or a train into clapham and change. Pretty much everyone we know attends the nearest state school, so anything over a 10 minute walk is frowned on!
I suppose I'm looking for confirmation that I'm not being a desperately pushy mum by even contemplating that my DS get the train to school.......