DD2 is in Y8 at Becky High and travels from Burnham. The bus service has been established some time and is largely reliable. It is run by Ashwood Travel and costs £7 a day - a significant cost to consider vs walking to school. In the Lent Rise area, the bus stops by the double roundabout on Lent Rise Rd and near Bingham Rd on Eastfield Rd. It picks them up about 8am and it is an easy run to BHS with no congestion. After school they are back in the Burnham area around 4pm. There are local girls who go to the school.
My DD2 is happy at Becky High. I would say that there is a good ethnic mix at the school now (my DDs are mixed race themselves). The change to the CEM 11+ has increased the number of pupils travelling from further away for both schools I think, and the ethnicity. DD1 also attended Becky High from Y7 to Y11 but left to attend SWBGS sixth form as she wanted a change. She had, and still has, some lovely friends at BHS.
DD1 chose Becky High as it was the closest local GS that offered drama (BGS did not at the time). DD2 chose to go to Becky High as she wanted to go to an all girls school and liked it from various visits over the years. Both chose the school themselves rather than me influence them.
Does the school manage to get all the GCSE Drama groupwork practices, rehearsals etc done within the school day? DD (as did DS1 at a different local grammar school) has at least one session after school most weeks now she is in year 11, which is okay for us as she catches a train home anyway, but it would be a bit of a pain if she had to rely on a 'one off' bus.