Yeah, half an hour door to door is probably a bit hopeful - dd1 goes to our nearest secondary school, and because of where it is it's not worth getting a bus, and walking takes about 20 minutes. She cycles, which is half that. Unless you have a bus stop at the end of your road that conveniently goes to you're school, half an hour might not actually get you very far.
Dd2 goes out at 7.10 for an 8.40 start - she walks with dh and then gets a bus. Because of the vagaries if the bus time table, the bus she gets has her in school by 8.15, but the next one would mean she was late. It doesn't seem to bother her too much.
Thanks for sharing aliportico
Yes the half hour would be a car journey but am thinking ahead on how long public transport journeys would take her and how long others on here travel and yet works fine for their child. DD isn't a brilliant morning person but hopefully she'll become self disciplined enough to get up in plenty of time should a journey of some length be needed to get to school.