We are having the same dilemma. My DS achieved a good mark in the KE exam (not enough to get into CH boys but a good chance at Aston and possibly Five Ways), however he would face a bus journey of over an hour every morning and evening to get to either of these schools. Many of our local comps. have very good reputations and we are wondering whether it is worth putting our DS through the daily slog of a long bus journey before and after school when he could be attending a school within 20 minutes walk from home.
It is a situation that has really got us thinking. The local comp. has a good reputation but i'm sure not anywhere near as good as KEA or BV both academically or facility wise as i've read.
I suppose its a decision on whether a daily journey of about 2hrs (lost homework time/tiredness etc) is worth the possible potential these schools offer.