Hi, my DS is in catchment and also prefered SHSB. It is true what you say as the majority of the boys in his year who took the test put SHSB first and WHSB second. Some, didn't even put WHSB in their selection. I can't speak for everyone but my son prefered SHSB because he saw it as a more sporty school. I will probably be shot down in flames by parents of WHSB saying this isn't true, but it's just how he saw it when he went on the open evenings. He also felt WHSB was more 'academic' and expected more. He knows he is clearly going to have to work hard at SHSB but he felt the work and homework would be considerably more at WHSB. I don't know what gave him this impression, I just left the choice up to him. Having said this, if he had got WHSB he would have still been very happy and accepted the place! Hope this helps!