Funnily enough, DD only mentioned this morning that she feels sorry for the girls who have to rush off for their Consortium / private coaches at the end of the day, whereas she has the freedom either to come straight home or to hang around with friends. She doesn't do extracurricular sport, but has had a lot of after school rehearsals for GCSE Drama last term and this, which is no problem, as she just gets a later train. And even if she doesn't need to stay later at school, she can choose to hang out in town - as she would have to pay on the bus and her 'Southend Vic PlusBus' friends would have to pay on the train, they usually compromise and walk, thus adding a bit of extra exercise to the day, which is all good. And makes up for the occasional visit to a cafe before they make their separate ways home
. It's all part of learning to be independent, in our book.