Will students have long journeys to school?
No, not especially. Most secondary schools serve a geographically widespread area, with the average distance travelled by London secondary students being 3.1 miles.
Our nodal admissions point is 2.1 miles from Hospital Bridge Road and many of our families live closer than this, or along good bus routes, having taken journey times into account when selecting their admissions preferences. Our Student Travel Survey showed that average journey times would decrease when the school is permanently re-located.
Our nodal admissions point prioritises families that live furthest from other co-educational community schools, and so they would have to travel comparable distances whichever school they attended.
How will transport links be managed?
Secondary school students usually travel independently. Many of our students live within easy walking distance of the proposed site, and most of the others are likely to use public transport, as demonstrated by our Student Travel Survey and the Transport Assessment that was part of the formal planning process.
Hospital Bridge Road is served by several bus routes (481, H22, 110, 111) and TfL will be modifying capacity on these routes to cope with changing patterns of demand when we re-locate. The site is also 8 minutes’ walk from Whitton Station and a short, safe walk, scoot or cycle ride from West Twickenham via the A316 underpass or bridges.
How often do you review your admissions policy?
Like all state schools we review and determine our admissions policy annually during the Autumn term, in line with the statutory timetable set out in the national Schools Admissions Code.
Our Local Governing Body closely monitors admissions patterns to ensure that our policy is fair and reasonable. When changes are needed they are put out to public consultation in line with the Code. Consultation on proposed policy changes are required to be undertaken 18 months ahead of any new policy coming into practice.