Thanks to everyone who has replied. It seems that we just have to live with the situation as it is. I did hear that the government were going to change it after a legal challenge by someone in Kent. This obviously isn't the case, so I will look out for the open days at all the local schools. The problem is that where we live it is virtually impossible to get into the only good secondary modern in the area, especially if you don't put it first. So the question is, do I gamble and put the Grammar school first or not?