have you been to see either of these schools? I went to visit both and my DS liked Langley over Upton (though he liked Upton too) but I had found Upton to be more friendlier than Langley. In any case, I think my DS's score probably rules out Langley for us anyway
. The other plus with Upton is they have received funding to expand/renovate their school so if your child goes there, then by the time they're in year 8 they will have some brand new facilities there. In terms of extra-curricular there seemed to be a lot more going on at Langley than Upton although I did not ask specifically about this, just what I got from the students. I was also impressed with the fact that Upton have teachers which wait at the bus stop with the pupils at home time to make sure they get on the bus okay as home time is very chaotic outside the school (although not relevant to me but was impressed with the fact that the school cared about this). The only down-side is that their facilities (library/computer rooms) are not open after school for pupils to use. Upton is also a Languages specialist so it is compulsory to do a language right up to GCSE. Langley's specialism seems to be music (although I'm sure all the grammars have other specialisms too but this is what I picked up!) Hope some of this is of use.