With regards to the 2014 CEM Bexley test, this year had the lowest pass mark for Bexley Borough children, having only 7% of in Borough passes, compared to the usual 25-28%. Bexley Council called a crisis meeting shortly after results were out to try to understand why this was the case. This year in particular was very English driven, so personally I believe that the Kent test was a more rounded test this year - theoretically a child could have got every maths question wrong in the CEM test and still passed, whereas with the Kent test every child to be at a certain level in each section in order to be deemed selective. I have a friend who is a HT in a Dartford school and her pupils had very few passes in Kent but over double in Bexley test.
All that being said, I believe one of the tests will suit your child better than the other. DS passed both but was definitely better suited to GL's style.
re distances, i think those figures quoted are for 2015 entry children. Far more girls passed the Bexley test this year which explains why Beths had to go out so far ... in fact the furthest it has in recent years. It could also explain why Townley's catchment shrunk. I know C&S have more girls than boys in their 2015 entry, not sure about BGS. from a personal point of view, I'm pleased that ds chose WGSB over Beths, it seems there will be more local children at this school than his local GS - 8 miles as crow flies is a long way!
Each year catchment changes, you've got nothing to lose by trying - good luck!!!
Are Durham suited to produce these tests? A bias towards English/verbal is bound to favour girls in general.
Are Bexley going with CEM in spite of these past problems?