Thanks Hermanmunster, I'm quite happy to respond to your questions.
1) I loved Lancaster. When I went to St Peters for the open day I was fed up within 10mins of being there
. The atmosphere at Lancaster was pleasant and more personal, the head teacher took personal interest in each of the boys. There were only 11 boys who took the test on the day (they had filled some places with boys who had taken the test in Sep).
2) I'm quite sure he would have no problems boarding. Over the years I have had to rely on other people looking after him being a widowed parent. He has gone to breakfast club after school clubs since reception, and has stayed over with friends for sleeopvers etc. Also on the day we went for the test, they spent some time with the boys who are already in year 7 and even played football with them (and managed to score a few goals
3) Not sure I like the M6 though
. The school said that some boys do go home on the train once they are older. And it's a 1hr 30mins journey with no changes.
4) Like I said, I believe if we had had more time to prepare he would have scored good marks (I think). Lancaster only admit boys if they think they will cope with the pace. Only 11 boys sat for the test but I know one boy who was not offered a place because he didn't score high enough. There may be more who didn't get in but I only know of the one boy because I exchanged numbers with his mum.