Although closer we are avoiding Pates as I've heard the drop off/collection is a nightmare as there are just so many kids.
We did that 3 years ago now (
gosh my life is going by too quickly) - we live nearer to Pates too but DS changed his mind at the last minute and decided he wanted to sit at STR. The only traffic problems we encountered on the day were parents dropping off at Pates doing crazy 3 point turns down PEW and the entrance to Oldbury Road was totally snarled up. We parked about 2 mins from STR and had no issues at all. That year it certainly looked like Pates had more sitters than STR but it's hard to judge from the traffic as PEW is so busy anyway and Longlevens isn't.