Well, we have been fortunate with the grammar schools and dd has scored well enough to safely be given KECH, which is our first choice on the CAF form.
So, we all were rather unfocussed by the time January 2015 arrived! (this made me think that, had we not got our scores for grammars early, we would have been vigorous in our efforts. Not that I am complaining, because I am well aware that there are many more positives of obtaining the scores early, unlike the old system). If we get offered KEHS, it would be a really positive situation to be in (I cross my heart and pledge to not hold up both places till eternity and cause grief to fellow parents and pupils
In terms of our overall first choice, despite toiling through the Birmingham section page by page (I think I am currently on page 41
) I am none the wiser about indie vs grammar debate.
I wouldn't be naive enough to say that Money is not an issue, it is when I think of having to continue to do a very stressful job full time, having another dc in primary education, etc. But it is definitely doable.
On the other hand, if we go through grammar route, I would be reducing my work load, spending more time at home just being mummy (which I so love, having worked part time for a bit), and hopefully, preserve my physical and mental health.
As for dd, she says she would be happy either way, has given her argument for why she wouln't mind either schools. Her attitude has stayed the same from before we started all this.
And the debate continues........