This is Southend related, but not especially 11+ related-I hope it's ok to put this on here.
DS is in Y4-will sit the 11+ next November. We live in Southend and if he passes, will go to SH or WH-all good stuff. If he doesn't-I am really stuck about which schools to put down! I read about lots of people on here saying-'oh well, if DS doesn't pass, he will go to our local 'excellent' comprehensive, so that's ok.' However, our 'catchment' school isn't excellent-it keeps changing its name because it is not excellent.
I've just been looking at the league tables and it seems that because there are 4 grammars in the area, they get 100% (5 A-Cs) whereas the others (excluding private schools/faith schools) get 50% or less than 40% in the case of our local school. The difference is vast
If DS were to miss out on getting into the grammar school, do the other schools (eg if we put down Eastwood which is not our catchment school) take into account decent academic results, or is it purely on distance? People keep telling me 'oh, you wouldn't get into Eastwood anyway-you're nowhere near'. What about somewhere like Deanes/King Edmunds which are in Essex, but again-not our catchment?
I just want to feel happy about an alternative plan and I don't at the moment.
My whole family went to SHSB or SHSG-so no pressure on the poor love either...