We turned down a place at QMGS. We were not asked if we wanted to stay on a waiting list! There is a lot of fudging about scores for grammar schools. In my son's year there were a *lot* of kids who told him they had a place but had decided not to go! I think some of those kids thought that was the case and their parents hadn't told them that they'd not scored highly enough.
This is right.I am aware of children who are going to the independent KE schools who didn't obtain Grammar school places.However the vast majority who applied to both had choices to make.
This shouldn't be confused as I am not saying they are not bright or gifted children.Just that the 11 plus exams did not for whatever reasons allow them to show their talents.