Travelling to school
Sandringham is based in the Jersey Farm / Marshalswick area to the north of St Albans city centre.
The vast majority of our students live within 1-2km of the school gate and we strongly encourage all of our students to walk.
This not only has environmental and health benefits, but reduces congestion and is considerate of our neighbouring residents.
Sandringham School is committed to ensuring that students and staff make sensible decisions for their health and our environment. As such, the school is part of the Modeshift STARS, a national schools awards scheme which recognises schools demonstrating a healthy track record by supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
The school recently achieved the bronze aware for their achievements in supporting sustainable travel to and from school.
Hertfordshire County Council works with schools across the county on a range of road safety and sustainable travel initiatives.
Other transportation options are as follows:
There is a dedicated education bus service, the E901, which provides free home to school transport (funded by the local authority) to children who are eligible to receive it. Free transport is granted when Sandringham is the nearest suitable school that your child could be allocated a place at, where your child lives more than 3 miles from the school. Please note that if there was a nearer school that your child could have been allocated a place at, regardless of whether or not you applied to that school, you will not be eligible for free home to school transport to Sandringham. More information is available on the Hertfordshire County Council website or from the Admissions and Transport Team at HCC and you should direct any queries about home to school transport to them
A number of public services are available that stop immediately outside the school, the S7/S8/S9 and heads towards St Albans town centre. Further information about public bus services towards the school can be explored on the Intalink website.
Hertfordshire County Council promote the SaverCard scheme that provides half price bus travel for students aged 11-19. More information and how to apply can be found on their website.
We have two secure bike storage areas that are locked during the school day and provide plenty of space for students to ride bicycles to school. We ask that students cycling to Sandringham observe the highway code, do not cycle on pavements and wear a cycle helmet on their way to school, dismounting at the school gates before wheeling their cycle to the storage areas. Cycle lanes run along The Ridgeway in both directions. There is a separate area for staff/visitors cycle storage.
The nearest station to the school is St Albans City station at a distance of 2.1 miles, served by Thameslink into London St Pancras and also to Luton and Gatwick airports.
St Albans Abbey station is located 2.6 miles from the school, connecting to Watford Junction and the West Midland mainline, served by London Northwestern trains
We discourage students and parents from driving to school. Whilst there are car parking facilities on-site for staff and visitors, there is no parking for parents or students. Gates are locked from 3.05pm to 3:15pm in order for students on foot to leave the campus safely. Please do not enter the school site to drop off. Please do not park illegally on the hatched markings outside the school, the bus stop or the zig-zag markings at the Puffin crossing outside the main school gate. Note that The Ridgeway has parking restrictions at both the start and end of the school day. This is to allow our students to use the cycle lanes: blocking these with cars forces them out into traffic and endangers their safety.
Please also be considerate to our neighbours, particularly on The Ridgeway and Skyswood Road. Do not block driveways or leave cars idling while waiting for students. Consider picking up students at a short distance away from the school – more information on the “Park and Stride” approach can be found on the Living Streets website.