I was also concerned about the commute, but it’s actually very quick on the train/tram, and there is a growing number of children doing it. My son quite enjoys his time on the train with his friends. He’s Year 7. The school is excellent with an inspirational headmaster, Chris Hutchinson. It has fabulous facilities, new state of the art science block, swimming pool and superb grounds. They only have about 120 children per year, and the teachers seem to know them all. I can’t recommend Royal Russell enough, go and have a look and you will be sold on it. I feel very lucky that we stumbled across it.
There is a school bus from Clapham, but I think most children travel from CJ, Wandsworth Common and Balham stations. Please feel free to pm me if you want to have a chat.