Two schools dot the single strip of cottages along the road here in Elstree Hill North. St. Nicholas Primary school is a five minute walk away from my home, as well as a pre-school Montessori school at the top of the hill. Parents need to drop their children off each morning and pick them up each afternoon—hence traffic jams.
About 15 years ago, I attended my catering job interview inside the main reception of Aldernam House. I wish I could have found a picture to share the splendor with you. The walls in the spacious area were painted in the colors of Wedgewood—pale blue and white. However, during my job of serving food, I found the boys behavior rude and boisterous. Their attitude is typified by the recent news leak that some pupils considered Victoria and David Beckham's boys too 'common' to be allowed entrance.
A private bus transported the catering staff to and from work along the narrow route through Elstree.
But during the school holidays, remove school-runs from the frenzy of getting to and from work, and Elstree is left with relative peace. For a month. In summer.
How do the school holidays affect your area?