Thanks so much for your replies. Yes we live close to DCHS well in catchment area however very open to move close to HBS if thats what will benefit my DD in the end.
I completely agree that DCHS is brilliant school in itself. They have great sports facilities and we liked the school when we visited. Kids seemed very happy as well.
However its the ranking in league tables for GCSE and A level results which is making me think hard. Assuming we move very close to HBS and commuting is out of way,how the life in school is otherwise. Does HBS focus too much on education and steer students towards the subjects school feel the best for students in order to maintain school ranking. Will this come in way of students' interest of subjects in any way?
Other aspect is Sports.My DD is quite into sports and is very happy to play individual and team sports. As HBS does not have in-house sports facilities,does it mean that pupils are limited in what they are offered in terms of sports.
And DCHS ,being specialist Sports College as well, has more opportunities to offer in sports?
From what you say, every part of you is really screaming dchs! The ranking is irrelevant, if your daughter is capable of 10 a stars, she will get them with full support at dr challoners, and they all shuffle around at A level anyway, so she can choose then what dhe wants to do, but again would do well at challoners. Do not be swayed by rankings, they are just one very simplistic set of numbers, look at sub level improvements in core subjects from yr 6 - 7, childrens over all happiness and fitness levels, and if you are local speak to other parents.
Anyway, results can be deceptive just like the 11+, who knows if those stunning gcse results are down to having a really clever cohort of pupils, rather than brilliant teaching, or even due to parents spending thousands on weekend and easter holiday revision courses.
Go with challoners