Any school that boasts about 75% or so of its year 9's achieving level 4 in reading and maths is telling you something very profound. That is some of the schools in the LA you refer to.
Lordswood check the facts>????
Tudor House and Arthur terry are two examples I have come across, but you can forget them unless you have some wedge, to buy a house in catchment.
I am sure I know the facts about lords wood girls ( not the boys) is a very good school and the girls really do well considering the location where it is the pupil comes from not so affluential background.
I am not talking for the sake I know the people who are involved there (teachers,governors etc...)
Also Tudor house and Artur terry as you rightly said are not for majority of people.
You have to be in 0.9 miles radius ..
It would be nice for parents to know the other options of good schools in the city
As not everyone fortunate enough to live in Sutton or Solihull areas..
It would be nice to know the schools from other parts of the city on the personal experience level of members I guess
But to think that every other comp school is not good isn't very nice thing..
Just so you know one of the GCSE topper in the country was from a very average school - holly lodge ...
It would be nice if not for every thing being asked to check the facts as I am sure the facts you know are no less than the facts I know ..
I don't know if this makes sense but I hope you know what I am trying to say !!!!