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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:57 pm 
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Are there any shared transport arrangements from Swindon besides the Denwell coaches?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:54 pm 
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I assume you have checked the school website? The schools are normally pretty good at keeping the details up to date. Another option could be the train? Gloucester bus station is just over the road from the railway station. The 10 or 94 buses from there are every 10 minutes, they'll both get him to walking distance from the school. It's a long journey, but I imagine it's not a short journey by bus... might be worth considering depending on how close you are to bus/train?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:58 pm 
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2Socks wrote:
I assume you have checked the school website? The schools are normally pretty good at keeping the details up to date. Another option could be the train? Gloucester bus station is just over the road from the railway station. The 10 or 94 buses from there are every 10 minutes, they'll both get him to walking distance from the school. It's a long journey, but I imagine it's not a short journey by bus... might be worth considering depending on how close you are to bus/train?


Yes I have looked at those. The school website mentions den well coaches only. And train/bus is not the easiest. I was after options of parent sharing cabs etc.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:45 pm 
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Are you talking about travelling from Swindon to Gloucester? 30 miles each way?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:09 pm 
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Is there a reason why you don't want to use the Denwell bus service? There are quite a few boys that come up to STRS from Swindon but as far as I know they all take the bus. One of the compensations of the long journey is the socialising they do en route, so it would be a shame to miss out on that.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:05 pm 
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Glos18 Good point about the socialising. My coach journey was about 45 minutes each way. The only thing that made it bearable was having friends on the coach (although having enemies in close proximity was a big downside!). I didn't realise how much of my life I spent on the coach until I worked out that 1.5 hours 5 days a week meant 7.5 hrs each week ... more than another whole day at school a week. After that I really begrudged it...in my head I equated it to losing most of my Saturday to travelling, but as you say having friends for some of the journey really helped. It's my own fault though, I begged my parents to put it as first choice, over several good schools that would have needed a much shorter journey :?
Streatham Mum, there's a reasonable number of kids travel that far. Given my experience it wouldn't be my first choice for my kids, but if local schools aren't very good I can easily see that it's an option that needs to be considered.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:28 pm 
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Glos18 wrote:
Is there a reason why you don't want to use the Denwell bus service? There are quite a few boys that come up to STRS from Swindon but as far as I know they all take the bus. One of the compensations of the long journey is the socialising they do en route, so it would be a shame to miss out on that.


I didn't say I wouldn't use the coach, checking for other options available.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:14 am 
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2Socks wrote:
Glos18 Good point about the socialising. My coach journey was about 45 minutes each way. The only thing that made it bearable was having friends on the coach (although having enemies in close proximity was a big downside!). I didn't realise how much of my life I spent on the coach until I worked out that 1.5 hours 5 days a week meant 7.5 hrs each week ... more than another whole day at school a week. After that I really begrudged it...in my head I equated it to losing most of my Saturday to travelling, but as you say having friends for some of the journey really helped. It's my own fault though, I begged my parents to put it as first choice, over several good schools that would have needed a much shorter journey :?
Streatham Mum, there's a reasonable number of kids travel that far. Given my experience it wouldn't be my first choice for my kids, but if local schools aren't very good I can easily see that it's an option that needs to be considered.


It is very far, particularly if there are no public transport options and you're reliant on taxis or private coaches.

There will be very few local schoolfriends and the child will find it difficult to meet people after school or at the weekend and travel home independently. Also things like parents evenings, productions and sports days become difficult.

If local school are really so bad, it may be worth considering moving house to be nearer the school that the child attends. I wouldn't do a 60-mile a day commute and I wouldn't want my children to do it either.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:20 am 
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2Socks wrote:
Glos18 Good point about the socialising. My coach journey was about 45 minutes each way. The only thing that made it bearable was having friends on the coach (although having enemies in close proximity was a big downside!). I didn't realise how much of my life I spent on the coach until I worked out that 1.5 hours 5 days a week meant 7.5 hrs each week ... more than another whole day at school a week. After that I really begrudged it...in my head I equated it to losing most of my Saturday to travelling, but as you say having friends for some of the journey really helped. It's my own fault though, I begged my parents to put it as first choice, over several good schools that would have needed a much shorter journey :?
Streatham Mum, there's a reasonable number of kids travel that far. Given my experience it wouldn't be my first choice for my kids, but if local schools aren't very good I can easily see that it's an option that needs to be considered.


I spent forever on buses (or at bus stops) when I went to senior school (probably 1hr 20mins each way) - some was fun but overall it was an awful waste of time and was not at school with local friends.
School friends felt the same when they had their kids - one I know chose boarding for hers, I moved house to where we could see the schools from the kitchen window.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:00 am 
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Bit late now, but did you not consider Marling? Or are you not near enough to the station in Swindon for it to make much difference?

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