Can anyone help, please?
Out of KEG CHB, FW and Aston, which are the quickest to get to from New Street?
I went to the Aston open evening recently and walked from the station myself. Though I'll be putting Aston somewhere on the form next year I wouldn't ask my son to walk from Aston station till he's a few years older. It's just a bit too far and a bit too dangerous. The green bus company offer a much reduced cost service if a boy is just travelling from Aston Station. After school activities? Well... I'd probably be soft enough to pick him up â€“ though, I admit, the boys I met seemed pretty organized in avoiding walking alone to the station.
Have you looked at King Edwards School Edgbaston?
It's a fee paying school with excellent bursaries. Depending on your finances and your boys test results it could be anything from cripplingly expensive to considerably cheaper than attending Aston. I mention it because, given that you'd already have a train pass, it's quicker, easier and safer than the other schools you mentioned.