The four-hundred boys from whom intelligible replies were received (or was it the four-hundred intelligent boys from whom replies were received?) travel a total of 2,079 miles each morning - i.e. 4,158 each day. On an annual reckoning that would be about 831,600 miles or about 3½ times the distance from the earth to the moon If one were to take a static school population in the first year, the boys at present in their first term at the school will have travelled over 1,052,000 miles before they have taken their O Level examinations. Each boy, during his normal school life, will have travelled 10,300 miles or about 31/2 times the distance from Southampton to New York.
We come now to the topic of the time spent in travelling. The fatal time spent travelling on a daily basis is 506 hours; in anyone year period the pupils at the school spend over 100,000 hours on the road. As the average school year lasts for 200 days, a boy who takes an hour a day to travel to school spends a total period annually of 17 days 16 hours in transit. Over a five-year period he travels for a total of a solid twelve weeks. Therefore if he had worked at the rate of 5/- per hour for the time spent on the road, he could have earned £504. It might interest the parents to know that if they received 5/- per hour for every hour spent in travelling by their sons collectively they could earn £25,000!
Speed of travel. The average speed of travel to school works out at 8.2 miles per hour. (Most travel by overground transport and this might be indicative of the low average).
Click! for a - Diagram showing number of boys and distance travelled in miles.
Over 50% live within 4 miles of the school.
17.5% live more than 10 miles from the school.
16 miles is the furthest distance travelled.
1 furlong (disputed between a few claimants) is the shortest.
Replies received totalled 400.
Total number of miles travelled per Form
1st year boys
2nd year boys
3rd year boys
4th year boys
5th year boys
G. Borgeat and B. Mulcahy L.6