Travelling to School

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. 

As we are committed to reducing the Schools' carbon footprint we encourage students to use these services or to use the local TfL buses, to walk or cycle, rather than encouraging parents to drive their daughters to school as local roads get very congested and there are limited parking spaces and drop-off facilities on site.  

To assist parents, we have recently launched a fantastic, innovative HomeRun App. This enables parents to connect to other families in their area, so that their daughters can safely travel to and from school with other girls, whether by bus, train, cycling or walking. 

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:

 

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 3.25pm or 3.40pm (unless they are involved in a club in which case girls in Years 3-7 can use the ‘main’ coach service leaving at 4.15pm). An adult chaperone rides with each of the early coaches.

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

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 8am 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.

HomeRun App

As part of our mission to reduce the School's carbon footprint we are launching the HomeRun App to help to reduce the number of cars on the road. This app will enable 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 in other local schools.

The HomeRun App will replace the existing 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 will also provide 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.

You will only be asked to update your travel information once each term and this will help us to monitor progress towards achieving our carbon neutral goal.

Please support us by signing up to the HomeRun App as this will enable you to see who lives in your area, contact other parents individually, share travel arrangements and you will also be supporting our commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 

Please follow the activation link below on a computer or your mobile:

NLCS Activation Link: https://user.homerun-app.com/welcome/nl9347p/nlcs

If you have any further questions please contact the Operations Team via travellingtoschool@nlcs.org.uk or by calling 0208 951 490.

 

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.

Cycling

Girls 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.

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.

Coming by Car

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. 

However, parents may drive through the Dalkeith Grove entrance in the morning to drop-off pupils by the path in front of the Sports Centre.  If you need to park on Dalkeith Grove we ask that you avoid all driveways - giving consideration and respect to our neighbours.

If you use the Canons Drive entrance, you may drive onto the grounds and turn right down the side of the tennis courts, drop-off your daughter by the steps opposite the tennis courts and then turn right to exit back onto Canons Drive. 

In the afternoons, Junior School parents are encouraged to wait in the area of the Loop Road to pick-up their daughters by the Sports Centre, or to wait on Dalkeith Road. 

Parents may not use the Loop Road from 3.45pm and until the coaches have departed at about 4.25pm, 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.