Thanks, very useful.
I can't understand why the witshire board is so quiet - I am hoping its because the Salisbury grammars are not in high demand?
I'm afraid I'm largely out of the loop in terms of SWGS and BWS but as they're the only grammars in Wiltshire, one might reasonably expect them to be in demand. The next nearest are Bournemouth and Poole. I'm sorry but I don't know why this board isn't as active as some. Perhaps other regional boards are more active because they have more grammars and therefore more interest and awareness? This is probably true of areas where the 11+ is an "opt-out" ,like Kent and Bucks, rather than an "opt-in" like Essex and Wilts.
I was wondering if there might be a bus from Andover that makes the commute more bearable, as 22 mins train +20 mins walk seems a bit much for an 11 year old girl to me. Or do any Andover parents group up and take it in turns to drive? I've heard of girls from the Tidworth/Ludgershall area going to SWGS, but rarely anyone from Andover.
In days of old, SWGS had a catchment area and because of that, Tidworth, Ludgershall and Andover were unlikely to have been represented at the school. I'm not able to say whether many girls travel from Andover. Your local bus company should be able to tell you about the route into Salisbury ie does it come down the London Road or Castle Road? If it's Castle Road, then that would be okay as Stratford Road is off Castle Road, as you probably know. If it's London Road and then to the bus station, then it would be a short bus ride up to SWGS from there.
Perhaps you could try the journey options for yourself at the appropriate times of day and see if it's feasible for your daughter? I'd also recommend doing it in the depths of Winter. I'm so sorry that I'm unable to give you more information
Does SWGS have an open day/evening in September? If it does, then you could pop along with your daughter and see it in all its glory. This may well present you with an opportunity to ask if other girls travel from the Andover area, too.
By the way, welcome to the forum