Thank you Capers and PixieQueen. I assume that the test second time around would be age-apropriate (i.e. not 11+ again?)
At best it sounds like a long shot, especially as places were not awarded very far down the rankings for the current yr7 plus two got in on appeal therefore no doubt still several names on the never- never waiting list.
I think DC may have to wait until Sixth Form
I don't know which school your child currently attends, but if they're not at another grammar, why not consider going for one that isn't Pate's?
There are a lot of very, very bright children at all of them, not just Pate's. Some don't bother ticking the Pate's box as they would prefer a local school, others might prefer single sex, or just the ethos & feel of the schools.