You'd have trouble separating Camp Hill Girls, Handsworth and Sutton Coldfield Girls in the FT Top 1000 table (based on A-levels and a lot more reliable than the GCSE-based BBC tables). In fact Handsworth was higher last year (123rd vs 128th - SC was 130th). Camp Hill take rather a lot of GCSEs (although not as many as Five Ways) and this skews the BBC table. The DofE attainment tables also show there's very little to choose between them:http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/geo/la330_all.html
Where are you relocating from? I imagine you won't relocate until after you know school allocation?
Paramjeet, Birmingham is hardly "up north" and winters are positively balmy compared to the Pennines where I grew up. It's just that local authorities and population have a pathetic inability to cope with half an inch of snow.
Thanks. Relocating from Nottingham.
I looked at the following when comparing the school. Camphill is 9th on the list and sutton coldfield is 14.. whereas handsworth and aston in 160s..http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16729387
I guess, I am not making a fair comparison.
The other thing I am confused about is the distance.. We are nowhere near the catchment area.. So if the school has 60 places, would they allocate the place to top 60 students no matter where they live? If enough children don't take up the offer they would then go beyond top 60. Or am I completely barking up a wrong tree here..