<<I was not referring to those seeking advice on best routes, rather those who seem to have only now discovered that a school miles away might be a problem to get to>>
I can only speak for me. I put down a school which was one of the choices for DD, hoping this would not happen. The distance from home to schoool is "doable" but not exactly near to us. If she was then allocated that school, then I would start thinking about how to get her there. I would not have thought about the logistics at all, but only because I probably thought that would never happen to us
. Meanwhile, pre-11+ results, I would have been hoping (like mad) that she got her first choice.
Also, say I put Chelmsford down. I know there are trains. I have seen children from CCHS in my town. They must all go by coach somewhere or there must be some form of getting to that school from my town. I hear some mothers talking and they agree that there is a coach etc etc....Maybe I sit on the decision. Then last day for application and all, I make a choice and never think about it again. And so, now, I am thinking about it
Choosing schools for children is not easy. We all want the best for our kids and so maybe that makes us choose irrationally in the end ...or sometimes procrastination has snookered us in like this (not an excuse, just a possible reason).