Thanks for replying to this thread . . .
We are fairly close to both WHSB (4.9 miles) & SHSB (5.8 miles) and, previously, we had not really even considered any other schools (other than the local comps). However, when we saw from his results that potentially he could get into KEGS (15.7 miles away), he started suggesting that maybe he should think about going there. Colchester is just too far to realistically consider, but I think that purely having a choice has made us (and him) consider opportunities we wouldn't even have given a seconds' thought to previously.
The responses about travel time have really made me think though that we are better to concentrate our choice between Southend and Westcliff - DS is potentially going to be at this school for the next seven years, and we want him to enjoy his time there after all - otherwise what's the point of all this anyway? DS's mind set is slightly different however - because he thinks that, if distance was the deciding factor, then he may as well have just settled on his local comp in the first place! I suppose I just didn't want him to be held back by limitations that were ours and not his . . .
Would love to know what other parents think about the choice between Southend and Westcliff, especially those with sons at either - or both? I may be missing something but I just can't choose between them on the basis of results?? DS is not particularly sporty (in a swimming club & has tennis lessons - but pretty anti-football!) Loves science & techy type subjects, but is also a bookworm - hates any kind of performing arts with a vengeance, though would prob be happy to work on sound & lighting etc in any school productions. Really enjoys art & design too. Not really the most sensitive of boys, but still quite quiet and shy - especially in unfamiliar settings, with new people . . . I just don't know . . . any thoughts anyone?
Thanks again for the responses people have already posted . . .