Can we measure distance with the Council's official measurement system?

5 posts
SouthLondonDaddy
Posts: 153
Joined: Jun 2017
Options:
Share this post on:

Can we measure distance with the Council's official measurement system?

Postby SouthLondonDaddy » Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:15 pm

We all know that school admissions depend on the distance from home to school, as measured by the Council's Geographical Information System.

Is there any way we can get an official measurement ourselves, as measured by this system, of the distance between a school and a home?
Google maps can measure distance in a straight line, and I'd imagine it would be a good approximation, but it won't be the official one.

Also, what exactly is the measuring point for a school? Some schools are on large sites, and choosing the centre vs a specific gate can make a big difference.

Thanks
Post Reply
Nev123
Posts: 50
Joined: May 2014
Options:
Share this post on:

Re: Can we measure distance with the Council's official measurement system?

Postby Nev123 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:59 pm

I happen to have called the Wandsworth admissions team about this very point today. You can email them with your address and the schools you're interested in and they will tell you the distance. I was told this might not be exactly the same as the final one used for admissions, but more accurate than google maps certainly. It is a bit frustrating not to have an easy or 100% accurate way to do it when actually a few metres can make such a difference with school catchments around here.
Post Reply
SouthLondonDaddy
Posts: 153
Joined: Jun 2017
Options:
Share this post on:

Re: Can we measure distance with the Council's official measurement system?

Postby SouthLondonDaddy » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:20 am

Thanks.

Is it specified anywhere where the exact measuring point of each school is?
Post Reply
Nev123
Posts: 50
Joined: May 2014
Options:
Share this post on:

Re: Can we measure distance with the Council's official measurement system?

Postby Nev123 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:14 am

Afraid I don't know that. I'd be interested in the answer though! It's not something I asked the council so perhaps they could explain if asked to.
Post Reply
chezbubbles
Posts: 6
Joined: Jan 2017
Options:
Share this post on:

Re: Can we measure distance with the Council's official measurement system?

Postby chezbubbles » Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:23 am

Measurements are taken from a central point in the schools site.
Post Reply