Hello all, I'm very, very new to all this 11plus/grammar school process and am unsure of how appealing may affect my son's choice of school.
We live in Bucks and my son missed his 11plus by 5 marks. He scores consistently high in school, achieving 5c/5bs in English although maths is slightly lower at 4a/5c and his teacher approached me today saying that she felt we should appeal.
Our catchment high school is not where we want to go and we have put down as our first choice an out of area school, and last year everyone who put it down as first choice from our village did get in, so it gives us hope.
Our catchment grammar school is also not where we wanted to go, as it is extremely high achieving and very pushy, we would want to choose the other grammar school in our nearest town.
My question is:
If I change our first choice of school to the grammar school of our choice, in case we win the appeal, would it then make the high school our second choice? Is there a way round this?
I just read that we would need to be refused our choice of grammar school before we can go to appeal, so I'm assuming that we would have to put the grammar school down as our first choice, meaning the high school then becomes our second choice and we would then be very unlikely to be offered a place at the high school of our choice should our appeal fail, or the grammar school not have places left.
I really hope this makes sense! Does anyone have experience or knowledge of this?