You mean CHG, not CHB?
She doesn't like CHG but I feel it would be remiss of me not to put it down. Thank you for your help. I might put down CHG first in that case, followed by Hansdworth. Unfortunately we live too far away from the other good state girls secondaries like Kings Norton Girls. I know KEHS is very competitive so doubt she would make it there, EHS could be a back up I suppose but not entirely convinced of that school. Just have to go through the Birmingham Schools information to find other schools to make up the preference number and keep our fingers crossed.
Putting CHG first would affect her chance of getting into Handsworth if she achieves a high enough score for CHG!! She will be offered one place only - at CHG - and her hard work will just have achieved her a place at a school she doesn't like. You would then have to appeal for Handsworth and run a very real risk that the panel will not uphold your appeal. Why put you and your DD through all that when you can just put Handsworth first and leave CHG off the form altogether - as you say, if she doesn't get Handsworth she will not get CHG, so you won't have lost anything by doing that.