Doesn't taking the exam early mean that you don't put any school on a list until you know the results... like when I was a kid.
At least this way, if you don't pass any grammer school entrance exams you can put the best comprehensive at the top of the list and therefore have some hope of getting in etc...
yes that's right and if you are in the situation of wanting to go to a grammar school but keep the option of the comprehensive if you don't get in then it works well for you. However it will increase the competition ++ for out of catchment places (back to sibs having problems getting in) and kids living just outside the area will have to get much higher scores than they did last year etc.
Also (and this is not my opinion - just the view of some) - that parents should get equal bites of the cherry - ie if they want grammar school they should go for that and not have a second chance going for the comprehensive when there are parents who have decided they ONLY want non selective education who may find it more difficult to get a place at the comp now as more people whould be putting it first. Goes against CHOICE somewhat....
Actually the 2 bites happens +++ in some places as many parents are happy to let kids "have a go" at the 11 plus knowing that they will be able to get into a faith school.