I am not sure how you manage to get to Colchester Girls High so much quicker than Chelmsford if you are in catchment for Chelmsford. It is a heck of a queue into Lexden off the A12 in the morning and possibly going to get worse with new traffic system in place. I would not rule out a DC's strong preference for a school too easily. There's no swapping once your child starts.
The school bus from Colchester leaves just outside our house at 8.00 and gets back at 4.30 but the nearest bus for Chelmsford is in Maldon which is a 15 min drive and it leaves at 7/7.30 (depending on whereabouts in Maldon) and gets back at 5.15 - we are in catchment for Chelmsford but about as far removed from transport as possible it seems if you are in catchment
surely as part of the deal she has to get herself up
because of course mine (who are significantly older!) all manage that
You made me laugh - I did get her up for the first 2 days and then she got up herself the next few days
but who knows how long that would last
but she does seem fine with the earlier time