We live in Reading, so my daughter (also y9
) cycles to Kendrick. However, if you go into town one morning, you will see streams of green and red girls, and boys going to Reading, coming from the train station and the bus stops. Even if you had no idea where the school was, you could follow someone in the same jumper as you and end up in the right place! So crossing roads and so on is not at all the same as sending an inexperienced 11 year old out by themselves - all they have to do is follow the herd, and they will be fine. If you have the opportunity to do the journey with her one morning during term time I think you would be reassured.
As for the settling in - some of the girls there will know one or two others, but most of them are all having to start afresh, and so everyone is in the same boat. It's nothing like joining a school where everyone else in the class has known each other for years.
I hope you will both feel more confident about it by September. And well done to her for getting in