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Living in Navan - son looking at School in Dublin

  • 23-11-2022 7:51am
    Registered Users Posts: 9 seamus10


    I am living in Navan. My son has been offered a place in Belvedere College in Dublin. Just wondering if folks have any thoughts on whether this is feasible or if anyone knows anyone who does this?




  • Registered Users Posts: 93 ✭✭densification

    There are a good few students that commute from Ashbourne, Dunshaughlin, Ratoath and Navan to Belvedere. He definitely won't be alone in coming from Meath.

    It's a decent commute so if you(he) aren't sure, maybe a local school would be better. If he does rugby, the training is usually on the Navan Road in Cabra which certainly helps with the commute home after.

    I would check the bus timetables etc. If he's gettting the train he can get off at Broombridge and then get the Luas to Parnell. It's only a 2 minute walk then.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,860 ✭✭✭SouthWesterly

    I used to travel from trim to Dublin for college. An early start and late home.

    Trying to do class work is impossible that late at night.

  • Registered Users Posts: 875 ✭✭✭mikeybhoy

    For college I'd understand but for school it's a bit odd doing a commute like that just to go to school. Although the OPs son will be well used to commuting by the time they start college/work.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭Xterminator

    i sent daughter to a school that was not the closest to us. One that has a great reputation for good academic outcomes. In our case travel time was under 1 hr - it was only 30 mins when the bus actually came on time.

    i would suggest you talk with your child and see what he thinks. Its not you that will be travelling long distances every (school) day for several hours and many of those days will be in inclement weather. You don't mention about school friends, and if all/most of his friends will be in the local school. That is a consideration because children do settle faster if they have friends already in the school. If he has some friends going to belvedere that would be good.

    Getting homework done will be a challenge because of the commute, unless he has the discipline and the facility to do some work on the commute.

    If he is not 100% behind the idea -my advice would be not to force the issue. Quite simply it is a big ask. If you both think it is worth it, you can give it a try - if it doesn't work out perhaps you might be able to switch in 2nd year.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9 seamus10

    Thanks all for your opinions. In the end, went with good local school. Spoke to my son - he gave both options a lot of consideration and decide to stay local. Time lost commuting and sport option the main reason. Thanks again all

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,059 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    I think that was the best decision- commuting sounds like madness to me for school