As of this year our DS travels to BV from Solihull. We know of at least two Solihull boys who take the Solihull/Moor St/New St/SuttonC route, however our DS has the luxury of being dropped off at Birmingham International (it's on route to work for me), from there to BV is 45 minutes (allowing 10 mins walk from Sutton Coldfield to the school). We aim for the 07.38 train - gives him plenty of time. I also have a quality 15 mins chat with DS each morning.
On the train DS .. text's friends (he's on giffgaff = free texts), revises his German/French, finishes homework due that day (
) plus there are loads of kids travelling on train Sutton C to New Street so he normally chats to them.
AS is about the same time distance by Green Bus (as is CHB - we pass the Green bus & wave to DS's ex-primary friends every morning), so if you like AS as a school, sensible to put that in your list ahead of BV but not be daunted by either journey.
If you're interested, here's a cut'n paste of DS's travel timetable that allows for late getaways, missed trains, delays and lengthy changeovers (note that boys are due @ 08.40). Travel pass works out at ~£90 per term.
Home Birmingham International Birmingham New Street Sutton School
Leave Depart Plat Dest Op Arrive Plat Depart Plat Dest Arrive Arrive Duration
07.17 07.33 3 Wolverhampton Virgin 07.45 4 07.55 8A Sutton Coldfield 08.14 08.24 01:07
07.22 07.38 2 Manchester Cross Country 07.48 5B 07.55 8A Sutton Coldfield 08.14 08.24 01:02
07.22 07.38 2 Manchester Cross Country 07.48 5B 08.05 8A Sutton Coldfield 08.23 08.33 01:11
07.30 07.46 3 Birmingham New Street London Midland 08.03 3A 08.15 8A Sutton Coldfield 08.34 08.44 01:14
07.37 07.53 2 Birmingham New Street Virgin 08.08 6 08.15 8A Sutton Coldfield 08.34 08.44 01:07