Hello everyone, my ds has done well to choose any grammar schools in Walsall or Birmingham, however he wants to choose camphill but we believe BV would be better because of the distance. We went to have a look at all schools apart from Bv, and as a school Camphill suits him in every way, however it would take 1hr which is tcoo long. Bv is easier to get to but we haven't seen the school only from outside. Ds is not happy to go to Bv instead he says he would rather go to qm if he couldn't go to CH, but I wasn't too impressed with qm and believe the next best grammar school after CH for him would be BV based on online info and past exam results too.
Also ds is taking the Kes exam in January, and if he got in with assisted fees place we would send him there because it would take us around 30-45mins in heavy traffic.
We live in North Birmingham, it would be very helpful to hear from other parents that have been in similar situation as us.
I think your analysis academically is quite right . I am meeting my friends this evening so that they can discuss the very same problem you have before they complete the LA form .They live in Walsall and their ds scored 248 in the Birmingham exams. My advice on the phone was go to QM Boys as Camp Hill boys is impractical. I suggest you drive to the school in the rush hour then double the time for the bus. It may be easier for you as I don't know where in North Birmingham you live.BV wasn't in their thinking.He is also taking the KE boys exam. If he gets in there my advice for them is to go there. Clearly they will need to think of the fees if they don't get a bursary or scholarship.I think their son wants to go to KE boys who wouldn't?