I have spoken to Green Bus and they say so far they have only had one other enquiry for a DC to travel with them to KE Aston on induction day and if we wish our son to go on the bus we need to contact the school who will then liaise with them to sort out a pass for the day.
Not sure what to do as if very few other new boys are getting the Green Bus on that day don't think my DS would feel comfortable. Unfortunately, there is no direct public service from where we are to get to Aston so thinking of taking him/picking him up on this day and then he can start getting the Green Bus on first day of school in September.
muminbrum I understand your dilemma our DD goes to Camp Hill and has the option of either Green Bus or public service. She chooses the Green Bus (although more expensive) because a lot of her friends get it and its more reliable than the public service. Maybe if you hold off buying a pass your DS could trial both ways of getting to school for a few weeks and see which he prefers (I think you can pay for Green Bus daily - you need to check with them).
Although the Green Bus is more expensive it is an excellent service we have only had one day in 3 years (so far) when it did not get to us (due to heavy snow - they couldn't get the buses out of the depot - think they have moved depots now and it has not happened again). It has the added benefit that it has a tracker and free wifi on it which the kids enjoy using
Whatever you decide good luck to you and your DS at Fiveways