Travelling to School

The School has made a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 see here, which means that we are prioritising sustainable modes of travel over car use. This focus on increasing sustainable travel is also a legal obligation linked to our plans to develop the School’s facilities, and by reducing the number of cars coming to the site we benefit from improved air quality and reduced congestion on local roads.

Many students at NLCS use the School's coach and minibus services, which include tube station shuttle-buses, to get to school by 8.20-8.25 am each day in time for Registration, which takes place at 8.40 am. Students also Walk, Cycle, use Tubes and TrainsLocal Buses and some come to school by Car.

You will note from the above that 'coming to school by Car' is listed as the last option. This is because cars cause the most congestion on local roads and are generally the least sustainable form of transport.

So when you make your travel plans, if you cannot travel to school by more sustainable modes of transport, we strongly recommend that you consider park and stride and/or car-sharing.  This is because the local roads routinely get extremely congested and parking on or near the site is very limited. In addition, we also restrict access to the Loop Road (accessible from Dalkeith Grove) between 3.45 - 4.20pm when the priority is to enable the coaches to line up and for pupils to board safely. 

To enable you with connect with other families in your area so that you daughters can safely travel to and from school with other girls, whether by school coaches, buses, trains, cycling or walking, or by car sharing, we strongly encourage you to register for the innovative HomeRun App.  This App also provides us with anonymous information about travel habits that helps us to improve the options to promote and increase the level of sustainable travel to school – something that we are required to do by the local Harrow Council.

For more information about any of these services please see below.  If you have any further questions please contact the Operations Team on 020 8951 6490 or via email at travellingtoschool@nlcs.org.uk.

 

Travelling to and from School:

 

HomeRun App

As part of our mission to reduce the School's carbon footprint we launched the HomeRun App to help to reduce the number of cars on the road. This app enables you to connect with other Senior and Junior parents to coordinate journeys to and from School and hence reduce our carbon footprint. This is proving highly successful.

The HomeRun App will replaced the old Travel Buddy Scheme and our annually published lists of home addresses. This independently developed App provides an innovative, secure, digital platform that allows parents to search for both Junior and Senior NLCS families living nearby (by distance from your home location, rather than by address which remain private), to coordinate journeys and to share information. It will enable you to:

  • See who lives nearby – this may provide you with opportunities to share car travel/lifts to save time and the expense of driving to school.
  • Contact other parents securely and share personal contact information on a needs only basis.
  • Receive information promptly about any changes to the arrival times of girls returning from trips and school events.
  • Ensure safer travel for your daughters to use buses or trains by sharing travel arrangements.
  • Receive up to date information on travel and environment initiatives.

The app also provides the School with anonymised journey information that we can use to promote new environmentally sustainable travel initiatives and will support us in developing our travel plans with Harrow Council and TfL.

If you have any further questions please contact the Operations Team via travellingtoschool@nlcs.org.uk or by calling 020 8951 6490.

 

Walking

Some girls walk to school. In addition to the main entrances on Dalkeith Grove and Canons Drive, there are pedestrian entrances at the south east corner of the site onto Canons Drive and to the north alongside 25 Dalkeith Grove, leading to the Junior School.  

There is a covered scooter shelter for use by Junior School girls.

For walking distances please see the map here.

 

Cycling

Students may cycle to school, locking their bikes securely away to covered cycle racks located behind the Bursary. We recommend that girls who cycle wear helmets and high visibility garments at all times on their journey to and from school.

You can see a cycle map of the area here.

Coach Services

The School runs an extensive coach and minibus service for more than 530 pupils at North London, which provides a popular means of travelling to school. The service is far-reaching, as we want to make the School accessible to as many girls as possible from across London.

The start times for the morning coaches vary depending on the length of the route but all aim to reach the School by 8.20-8.25 am.

We also operate Station Shuttle-bus services - please see below.

Registration takes place at 8.40 am. On those rare occasions when a coach is delayed, your daughter won’t miss any activities and their tutor/ teacher will catch up with them later in the day.

‘Early’ afternoon coaches for Junior School girls leave at 3.35 pm or 3.40 pm (unless they are involved in a club in which case girls in Years 3-7 can use the ‘main’ coach service leaving at 4.15 pm). An adult chaperone rides with each of the early coaches.

The ‘main’ coach service in the afternoon departs at 4.15 pm.

For more information please click here.

Station Shuttle-buses

We run a popular, free Station Shuttle-bus service to help girls complete the last leg of their journey. The Station Shuttle-buses operate between:

  • Edgware (Northern Line) and Stanmore (Jubilee Line) tube stations and the School from 8.00 am in the morning.
  • The School and Edgware (Northern Line) or Canons Park (Jubilee Line) tube stations in the afternoons and evenings.  

We also run additional late station shuttle-bus services in the evenings (Monday to Thursday only) to:

The station shuttle-buses leave from the Loop Road at the following times.

Tubes and Trains

The Jubilee Line runs closest to School with stations at Canons Park and Stanmore. Girls who use this line may use our free Station Shuttle-buses or walk to school. For more information please see below.

The Northern Line runs to Edgware. This is a popular route and is also serviced by our free Station Shuttle-bus service (see below).

For more information about getting to school via the Thameslink, Bakerloo or Metropolitan Lines, or any other train service, please contact the Operations Team or go to the TfL website for more information.

London Rail and Tube Services map.

 

Local Buses

There are local buses services that serve the area:

  • Stanmore: 340 from Harrow and Edgware
  • Canons Park: 79 from Alperton and Edgware, 186 from Northwick Park and Brent Cross
  • Edgware: 32 from Kilburn Park, 107 from New Barnet, 113 from Marble Arch, 221 from Turnpike Lane, 240 from Golders Green, 251 from Arnos Grove, 292 from Borehamwood

Girls using these bus services can also use the Station Shuttle-buses for the final leg of their journey or may walk to school (10 minutes from Canons Park or 12 minutes from Stanmore) - please see below for more information.

Coming by Car (Park and Stride & Car-Sharing)

We recognise that for some parents it is convenient to drop-off their daughters on the way to work, but we do not encourage this as the local roads get very congested and there are limited parking spaces and drop-off facilities on site. 

If you cannot travel to school by more sustainable modes of transport, we strongly recommend that you consider park and stride and/or car-sharing.  This is because the local roads routinely get extremely congested and parking on or near the site is very limited. In addition, we also restrict access to the Loop Road (accessible from Dalkeith Grove) between 3.45 - 4.20pm when the priority is to enable the coaches to line up and for pupils to board safely. 

Park and Stride

There are several areas within a 5 min walk to school where you can leave your car safely and walk in to meet up with your daughter. We have appended a map of the possible locations where you should be able to ‘park and stride’ here.  In doing so, please be sensitive to our neighbours and do not park in driveways.

Car Sharing

To enable you with connect with other families in your area so that you daughters can safely travel to and from school with other girls, whether by school coaches, buses, trains, cycling or walking, or by car sharing, we strongly encourage you to register for the innovative HomeRun App.  This App also provides us with anonymous information about travel habits that helps us to improve the options to promote and increase the level of sustainable travel to school – something that we are required to do by the local Harrow Council.

Please note:

If you have to drive on site please note that parents may not use the Loop Road from 3.45 pm and until the coaches have departed at about 4.25 pm, as there is insufficient space for parents to wait safely with around 600 pupils connecting to our 22 coach and minibus services at this time.