schools tend to want to give this appearance... never found a private school advertising places (except queen ethelburga's who advertise on TV
) - it is not good for the image.
Year 8 is an in betweeny year. usual entry for most places is 7 or 9 so it may be that there is some leeway at year 8.
I was a KEHS in B'ham and there tended to be some coming and going - usually with academics pitching up from other Universities.
I also get the feeling that there is more angst in London and some other cities than elsewhere. the feeling that disaster will befall if they don't get a place at x, or won't get into x if they don't go to y pre prep nursery.....
Had a colleague who was beside himself at the thought that his DD would get into a indie high if she did not go the right prep where they had to be interviewed by the head... He could not see that the prep only sent about 10 of the 150 who got places and that kids could get in from a vast variety of schools - however the prep liked to make him believe it was that way
Annoying not getting an answer from your message .... I find e-mail produces responses where phone calls don't... Just tracking down a copyright holder in the US - no good by letter but hey ho e-mail works like magic