It might be a longer wait for some but at least the parents are still armed with some information - and enough to know whether they have a chance or not.
Someone in my neighbourhood who had decided since a long time that her son was going to a grammar and she was going to put all grammars in her CAF unfortunately received quite disappointing results - on the day of the exams her son had become a nervous wreck and was physically sick each time
. Now at least she knows that he would not be anywhere near having a chance and is able to talk about how to prioritise her local comprehensives.
I know I am going to be one of those parents in limbo until march as it is either CH for us or Handsworth with his sibling and he would never a get a clear pass for CHB. I am still in the favour of the new system as I can fill in the CAF realistically without the 'what ifs'. It is not a perfect system but it is much better than the old.