My son got into judd a few years back from the waiting list, it's definitely worth applying for it. Basically, when all the places have been accepted or declined, Judd will offer a place to the next highest scorer after the initial cut off point. If they are two or more boys with the same score, they will take the nearest. We were the sixth waiting list place offered, and are about 12 miles away.
Why are you not considering an appeal?
Hi pheasantchick, I don't know that we really have a valid reason for appealing, though we have thought about it. There are loads of reasons to appeal, but we just don't seem to 'fit' with any of them. We live just outside of Kent, so the 11+ is not promoted. We only heard of the test as some of his fellow classmates at his new school were taking it. We actually only made the cut-off to register for the test upon learning of it!
My son was a little sad when I told him this afternoon he wasn't offered a place as he loves Skinners. It does niggle me a bit that he has already been offered a place at Tonbridge School (my son thought the test there was much, much harder), but not at Skinners. However, we accept he did not score as high as others - had he had more time we may have had a different outcome. I will wait to see what the cut-off is. If we are nearer than I expect, an appeal may be in order.