I personally would be worried if my dd was coming home regularly at 5pm and above on a normal day without clubs but this is personal.
I think you should try and do the journey with your dc, see what they think when they actually do it. I had this issue with SHSG - dd would have to get a train, then wait for a bus and then have a bus journey. It would probably mean 45mins to an hour journey if I dropped her to the station. If it was a straight bus journey I wouldn't mind but I just see her in the depths of winter doing it and...... well there you go. It has meant that in the end (although I still have time to change
) I am putting CCHS, WHSG, local good comp that we are ooc for, followed by SHSG, then local in catchment comp
We are lucky though that we have two good local comps to consider.
Good luck with your decision, it is a struggle - I am still thinking on and off if I have made the right selections!