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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:33 am 
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Hi, I live in Reading and would like to know if any parent here got a DC in Upton Court school.
I know using M4 is not an easy journey but would like to know how other parents are doing.
Any advice welcome. Thanks


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:45 am 
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If you are near the station it is a quick and easy train journey. I believe there may be some private arrangements from Earley but obviously these limit DCs' opportunity to participate fully in school and need to be thoroughly vetted in each case.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:50 pm 
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Hi ,
I have the same concern as danny11. I too live in Reading but would like to know if there is any bus/car pull sysytem to Upton Court from Reading .If there are dcs already going to Upton Court,would anyone share their commute .Thanks.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:29 pm 
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Someone wrote down a very helpful list of reasons why a car-share isn't a good idea. It included things like what happens in the event of a child's illness, what happens if the other parent smokes in the car or holds inappropriate conversations, how do after-school clubs and events get dealt with, how would you assess the legality and road-worthiness of the other parent's car, what happens if the two children fall out and so on. It's a minefield of potential problems. Many parents have organised selection tests and are choosing schools because they understandably want to give their most precious thing in the world the best possible opportunities in life. It seems a bit strange to then bundle them into a stranger's car for hours every other day or week to save a bit of time and money.

If there's a convenient rail option, I'd use it. If that isn't practical, you may wish to reconsider the practicality and cost of the journey involved and the risks involved with car-shares.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:16 am 
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mumdd wrote:
Hi ,
I have the same concern as danny11. I too live in Reading but would like to know if there is any bus/car pull sysytem to Upton Court from Reading .If there are dcs already going to Upton Court,would anyone share their commute .Thanks.

On another thread in Surrey, you mentioned travelling from Guildford. Are you sure about your address?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:38 am 
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Checklist when considering a car share:

• How much do you really know about this parent from a child safeguarding point of view? (Remember, anyone working with children, e.g. bus drivers for the school service, must have a current DBS form.)
• How much do you really know about their driving skills? Have you seen their insurance and car roadworthy details? (Remember that public transport and dedicated school services are required to have these, to a high level.)
• How would you cope if your child fell out with the other children in the car pool, or wanted to do different after school activities, or didn't want to stay after school when the other children were staying late?
• How would you cope if one of the other car pool parents had their car break down, or off the road for some other reason, at short notice?
• What if it's your turn to drive, and you or your child is sick?
• What if the other family turns out to be unreliable, or the driver/their child is regularly late, or ill?
• What if the other child moves to a different school?
• What if one child needs to stay after school for an activity or event?
• What if the driver smokes when driving?
• What if the driver's conversation turns out to be objectionable or age inappropriate?

This is the standard reminder about the risks of car sharing.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:43 am 
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Thanks for your contributions. The best option for me seems to be the train as I live close to the station.

tiffinboys wrote:
mumdd wrote:
Hi ,
I have the same concern as danny11. I too live in Reading but would like to know if there is any bus/car pull sysytem to Upton Court from Reading .If there are dcs already going to Upton Court,would anyone share their commute .Thanks.

On another thread in Surrey, you mentioned travelling from Guildford. Are you sure about your address?


@ mumdd, where to you really live?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:13 am 
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tiffinboys wrote:
[On another thread in Surrey, you mentioned travelling from Guildford. Are you sure about your address?

:lol:

I think you've stumbled across a new 11+ phenomenon: the "Schrodinger Parent".

You do not know exactly where the parent lives until their child qualifies in a test. Since you can only know the result of a test, it leaves open the interpretation that in between tests, the parent can be in more than one place at a time.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:26 am 
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anotherdad wrote:
tiffinboys wrote:
[On another thread in Surrey, you mentioned travelling from Guildford. Are you sure about your address?

:lol:

I think you've stumbled across a new 11+ phenomenon: the "Schrodinger Parent".

You do not know exactly where the parent lives until their child qualifies in a test. Since you can only know the result of a test, it leaves open the interpretation that in between tests, the parent can be in more than one place at a time.

But I really don't understand how this works? Surely they need to apply via their own LA for a GS place? How can they provide different address for different schools :shock: :? :shock:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:12 am 
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I wonder if mumdd was only interested in knowing car pool (or car pull, as she states) arrangements in different areas.


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