Thanks quasimodo, I am feeling very deflated and that may have to give up place due to transport issues. Public transport takes about 1 hour 15 each way and this just seems too long to me to ask of an 11 year old.
The same issue arose for us last year - another hurdle to get over
I am not aware there is a waiting list for the buses so it may be worth ringing school and seeing if there is over-subscription for the Wolves routes or if aware of any car share running. Of course with the likelihood of more boys from within catchment going forward this may relieve any pressure on school buses, so the issue may only arise for a year which I appreciate is a lot but may not be insurmountable. It really would be a shame to give up such a wonderful school owing to transport issues.
I know 75 minutes sound a long time but our son leaves home at 7.25 to get the Adams' bus at 7.50 to arrive at 8.30 for school, so not much shorter than your journey.
as an aside if the Year 9s don't improve their behaviour on Wolves 1 we may be setting up a car sharing scheme ourselves