Commuting to School

Today I had a really random 9am-3pm shift in work. To be able to do this I had to get Olivia up and out the house by half past 7! No easy feat but I done it and kinda successfully too. All her nan had to do was feed her and get her to brush her teeth hahahaha I shouldn’t laugh but the whole teeth brushing thing is quite the issue lately and I was glad I didn’t have to endure it today!

I made my 7.58am bus with time to spare and coffee in hand, was feeling pretty chuffed with myself this morning and the icing on the cake…. well the news that I had another post included in a Brit Mums round up post (first was you can read here too). Validation that my writing is worthy of reading always cheers me up.

So hopping on the bus I settled in for my long journey (the whole 42 minutes of it) I noticed aside from secondary school children there were a lot of younger children and parents travelling by bus to school. I very rarely get the buses at the times I have today and again on the way home we picked up school traffic and primary age children where getting on outside of their schools.

After school journeys are quite common but as I listened to the conversations between parents I gathered this was a daily thing for them. Taking the bus to school hmmm…..

It made me wonder, what reasons cause you to have to get the bus to school with young children every day twice a day? I live within a 10 minute walk to school, on a slow day, although there are a lot of people who do this journey by car too.

The main reason obviously would be a house move and not wanting to disrupt childs education, especially at the older age when getting ready for secondary school. Also if the only local school wasn’t particularly close, not the case here. But the thought that got me was, do parent’s do this to get their child into a better school in a different catchment area than where they live? And if this is the case is the travelling worth it?

I know, myself included, that you want your child to go to the best available school possible, lucky for us we live next to it, but the lengths people go to can be so extreme to commit to a 15 minute bus commute every day just achieve this dream (that’s how long today’s family were on the bus with me for? and exactly how do they do this if this is what they have done? I guess I must be lucky having a good quality primary school on my doorstep.

Do you or anyone you know/in your school do this? What are your reasons behind it and would you do the same if you had to do it all over again?

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  1. It could be totally innocent and that they may have moved house since enrolling their kids?! Having said that, I also have heard of how parents bend the truth slightly to get a better school lol x