Is that 1hr 15min on an average day? Or on a good day? What about a bad day? Or when you have to pick him up from a sports match or he has to make his own way home? 1hr 15m sounds quite a long time to me...
There is my estimation of using the school bus. We live quite close to the station. If he want to come back by himself, he can take train to stratford and then back to Gants Hill
and it is about 50min to 1 hour door to door if the google map is accurate
[url]https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid ... %20station
Driving myself to Chelmsford is about 45 min.
Another option we have is ilford county high and only 5 min away but my son and all of us don't like it at all. Feedback from several students we know that are bright are negative. We have visited several state schools and we just draw our comparisons. I don't want to expand too much about what we dislike as it is up to our taste. It is by no means a bad school. I hope I have not offended anyone, it just it is not up to our taste. I am sure most other thinks it is a good school.
Will you let your child go to a school that he don't like but close or goto a school that he is like and happy but 1 hour away?
That's the dilemma.
I am not pushy at all and let my DS to choose but I want find out all the pros and cons and let him consider and I will support him fully.