Ladymuck thank you, people like you are the reason this site is so invaluable and I've learned so much these past months about the whole 11+ system.
I was thinking about the same thing as Kingstone as my DS got accepted into KGS and we are still waiting for the GS results. However he loved KGS , the teachers, the pupils the whole exam experience was so different than the other schools he sat and he immediately said he wants to go there in preference to all the other schools.
We have visited Hampton and TS (twice) but he didn't get this vibe from any other school so much so that he's not interested now if he gets into a GS anymore.
The financial aspect is a worry as we can stretch, just, but if he gets into a GS will be much easier for us but I'm not sure how happy he will be. TS didn't strike me as friendly, we were there for a short time,twice, I agree but we have friends with boys there and I can't say that they have a social life outside the school with their colleagues.
If we can improve somehow on the social side I'm worried re financial state of the state schools going forward as I've read on this site that TGS is replacing experienced teachers with teachers with less than 5 years experience as they are cheaper. So is the value added by the GS getting less and the results are down to superselection,hard working children and supportive parents?
Anyway we have to wait until 1st of March and see, KGS might be our only choice and problem solved