Have today spoken to the head of the Admissions team at Bucks CC, Nick Powelly. To be fair, he did try to explain some of the rationale behind the proposals, but its still sounded very complicated and I wasn't able to follow entirely.
In a nutshell he said that last year was a particular problem as it was a bulge year and that this year he said he is not anticipating any problems with accomodating those who fall within each of the catchment areas for the relavent school.
I also made the point that as there would be a split of area 5 into catchment 5a/b, that it would in effect mean one choice only for children in each area. At the risk of stating the obvious, I think its fair to say there are distinctive differences between the Challoners and Chesham High, and in my opinion there may be some children who would benefit from having the choice of one or the other. The bottom line I was told is that Bucks considers any child of the calibre to be suitable for any of the grammar schools- (thats another discussion for another time).
Finally there will be some consultation evenings arranged by Bucks CC in the very near future. I am told this really is a true consultation and that as yet nothing has been decided, so get along there and ask your question.
Watch out for the flyers and the press releases.