VZA, thank you for your update. I have passed on the information to my friend.
Some additional news - I have found out from AGS that the letter due shortly will NOT tell you your DCs rank in the cohort. All she would say is it will give you a 'good indication' as to where to place AGS on your school preferences for the local authority. Sufficiently vague response!! I did try and ask what the meant by good indication and I was told if I wasn't sure when I got the letter to give them a ring!!!!
The only other thing she said was that all the letters sent re the Wolves/Walsall/Wrekin consortium would be the same.
I would be interested to hear if anyone else has been told something different. Time will tell I suppose. I couldn't bear to ask when they were going to send letters. Don't really want any advance warning!!