My husband and I have done some detailed investigating re arranging mini-coach travel to Langley and Slough Grammar from the Ealing/ West Ealing area (W5, W13), via Greenford, Uxbridge, Iver etc.
We have discussed a potentially really good solution with a well known reputable company as follows: a 16 seat air-conditioned Mercedes min-coach, with a fully qualified and CRB checked driver that can pick-up from several local points starting from Ealing and working their way to Slough. They are also okay with more pick-up points as long as they are en-route. This would be a daily service with the same driver for the whole year.
The cost would be from Â£7+ depending on the number of children picked up at various points. We want to try to make the journey as comfortable and short as possible and it can be done in 1/2 hour max via the A40.
If we get 16+ kids I think we could try negotiating the cost down a bit!! If there are siblings we could ask them to consider discounts. I know this may sound like a wee bit but think of the saving in reality, had you gone private!
Or if you are taking there and back, cost in petrol plus wear and tear on your car.
The coach company (who are local to us) are happy to meet and present to all parents that are interested in this, and we are happy to co-ordinate on your behalf so we can fully check them out.
Happy to talk to parents who are going the Hershel and St Bernards if any!
If you are seriously interested please pm me or leave a message here.