Hi, yes there are earlier/later buses but only every hour. It seems crazy to be catching a bus before 7.30am for an 8.40 start - you're lucky your DD likes to be at school early, I don't think mine would feel the same. Likewise hanging around for an extra hour after school every day for the next 5-7 years! All we want is a realistic option for our family and spending two hours a day just waiting around just won't work for us.
I never would have believed my 2 would be up and out so early- I used to have to drag dd out of her room at 8.am- now they are up and out quite happily at 7.25
I think lot must be up and out early to be travelling from Cheltenham or Forest of Dean.