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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:45 pm 
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Hi All

Our son is eligible for Slough Grammars but we are based in Reading and wanted to check the feasibility of transport if any buses , car pools , etc to get there.

Is there anyone who travels there reguarly from Spencers Wood Rg7 or surrounding areas any advice appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:29 pm 
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Given our journey on the M4 yesterday (50mph average speed cameras from J10 to J8/9) for the smart motorway upgrade works that will last 4 years, I’d avoid a road journey. It’s going to be a pain, whether on the motorway or the alternative A4 route (as everyone is trying to avoid the M4).

I’d suggest the train of you were closer to the town centre , but that’s not so straight forward from Spencer’s wood.

We have some standard ‘things to consider when looking at car shares’. I’ll look them up and post.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:31 pm 
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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?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:40 pm 
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Thank you for your reply , yes car share would not really be a option but can see a bus from bracknell at 7am but not sure if this is very feasible. We may decide against GS on our CAF but really want to understand feasability before we do this.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:44 pm 
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pmootyen wrote:
Thank you for your reply , yes car share would not really be a option but can see a bus from bracknell at 7am but not sure if this is very feasible. We may decide against GS on our CAF but really want to understand feasability before we do this.



That would make it a very long day for your DC, and it would make it way difficult to do any after school activities of any sort.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:23 pm 
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Hi

Yes indeed we will see feasibility from other parents in Reading to . Lets see Thanks


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