Parkgate vs. newton prep – how important is being local_ – primary schools – december 2016 – nappyvalleynet_ a mum’s guide to sw london life

We had our children at Parkgate House for nursery and have them now at Newton Prep. Yoga camp day 8 We live on the other side of the park, so both schools are not really walking distance but Parkgate House was definitely closer.

Parkgate House pupils live closer to school than Newton Prep pupils where the radius spans from Battersea, Pimlico, Balham, Clapham, Camberwell, Vauxhall etc.

1) Of course, it is easier if everyone lives closer to school and closer together.


Hot yoga boston ma So, if you prefer that, than Parkgate House is your choice as her friendship group will be around the Common. Vinyasa yoga school rishikesh reviews Most people live around the streets directly behind Parkgate.

2) There are children at Newton Prep that are from Clapham Old Town, Clapham North, Clapham Common and a little bit from BTC. Power living australia yoga manly But as it spreads quite a lot, pupils come from really everywhere. Printable yoga cards for preschoolers So far, that has not been an issue regarding playdates, but yes, you have to drive further to pick up your children. Yoga workout And of course, it is much more convenient and quicker in the morning, if you just have to walk to school than to drive or take the bus.

i woukd try the commute with your kids at peak travel hour (which is when you would have to get on the train). Pregnancy yoga dvd jb hi fi I personally found it horrendous and we ended up going to a school walking distance from your house. Yoga hawaii honolulu hi I really enjoy the walk to and from school and love bumping into friends and walking home together. Sunyoga dortmund My kids are now older and it also makes me more relaxed that when they are walking to school by themselves there are a lot of friends that can keep an eye on them!!

Clearly lots of people do the commute to and from NP so I it’s doable! It’s just a personal choice but don’t underestimate it especially if you think it will take you as long as 40 minutes which is a long time for a 5/6 year old!

My children are at Newton Prep and we are very happy with the school. Antigravity yoga poses The downside is definitely the fact there isn’t a residential area nearby, so 95% of pupils have some sort of commute. Yoga center for healthy living groupon The fact that there are 2 train stations and several buses that serve the school means the pupils do travel significant distances, though for example it’s a straight train journey from Barnes to Queenstown Road, so it might be quicker in the morning for someone to come from Barnes than from Abbeville Village. Nirvana yoga easthampton The good thing is that it contributes to the diversity in the school (all relative, within the bubble of a London independent!).

Birthday parties aren’t really a problem as they are usually at the weekend and you just accept to travel a bit further to them, but it was no different at nursery with some parties at Eddie Catz etc. Yoga omega symbol In terms of play dates, it is fair to say that not being local makes it harder. Yoga travelers rest sc However I think to make a difference, “local” would have to be like the catchment area of a state school. Reflections yoga I find my children get tired having spent the day at school, and the last thing they need is to spend 15-20mins getting to a friend’/ house, and then having to spend another 15-20mins getting home after the play date. Yoga poses for beginners weight loss I suspect it’s a similar issue unless the play date can be literally a couple of streets away.

One thing we considered though is that while when they are younger, having a shorter/easier commute is definitely a benefit, the quality of the school and its facilities become more important as the children get older, and you have to weigh up whether it’s worth the stress (for you and for them) of changing schools when they get to, say, 7yrs old.

My children are at Newton Prep and we are very happy with the school. Yoga dance fusion The downside is definitely the fact there isn’t a residential area nearby, so 95% of pupils have some sort of commute. Yoga ballsbridge The fact that there are 2 train stations and several buses that serve the school means the pupils do travel significant distances, though for example it’s a straight train journey from Barnes to Queenstown Road, so it might be quicker in the morning for someone to come from Barnes than from Abbeville Village. Indian yoga poses The good thing is that it contributes to the diversity in the school (all relative, within the bubble of a London independent!).

Birthday parties aren’t really a problem as they are usually at the weekend and you just accept to travel a bit further to them, but it was no different at nursery with some parties at Eddie Catz etc. Yoga west chester pa In terms of play dates, it is fair to say that not being local makes it harder. Yoga breathing exercises However I think to make a difference, “local” would have to be like the catchment area of a state school. Qi yoga edgewater I find my children get tired having spent the day at school, and the last thing they need is to spend 15-20mins getting to a friend’/ house, and then having to spend another 15-20mins getting home after the play date. Baba ramdev yoga for weight loss in english I suspect it’s a similar issue unless the play date can be literally a couple of streets away.

One thing we considered though is that while when they are younger, having a shorter/easier commute is definitely a benefit, the quality of the school and its facilities become more important as the children get older, and you have to weigh up whether it’s worth the stress (for you and for them) of changing schools when they get to, say, 7yrs old.

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