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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:22 pm 

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Our DS is going to St Olaves this year. Anyone can guide us about travelling from greenhithe to St Olaves school.
We are happy to share cost/taxi if anyone is trvaelling to same school.

Appreciate your help.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:44 pm 

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Location: Reading
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?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:58 pm 

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Location: Petts Wood, Bromley, Kent
Contact Lewis Coaches who do a number of routes to St Olaves and Newstead. Contact details on this other thread viewtopic.php?t=50171

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:09 pm 

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Train via ?Hither Green?

Presumably even if you opt for a coach service or a private car share arrangement, he will have to learn how to get home by public transport if he wants to take part in after school clubs?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:38 pm 

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The 477 arriva bus runs from Bluewater via Dartford and Swanley to Orpington. I think the journey time is about an hour. However the first couple of early morning services start in Dartford rather than Bluewater so that might be tricky for you. Coming back Orpington to Bluewater would be easier. It is about 10 mins walk to Olaves from where the bus terminates in Orpington. I live about half way along this route and use it occasionally. They are pretty reliable and usually to time. Most of the route is cross country so traffic not much of an issue except occasionally in Dartford.

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