Tired mama, that is the worst dilemma I have seen so far. Tudor Grange is very very good. It is doing a great job even with less able students.
I would say its performance is on a par if not better than some of the grammars certainly Handsworth Boys in my view. Look at the weakness on the English bacc measure around 54%, but high attainers will most likely be doing fine. The other thing is that the performance on A level does not look great. Check out their recent ofsted regarding stretch and challenge for higher achievers
I love examples like Tudor grange, because they show that a great comp education does not have to be the preserve of the few or selectives. The also give credence to the fact that some state comps are an absolute disgrace. I looked at Arthur Terry in four oaks after going to QMHS, so similar demographic, but Tudor G looks like it beats them significantly. It consistently good too.http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/sch ... urn=136310
Will you get the soft networking that you would get in a grammar or at CHG. If you would then your faced with a big old commute for not much gain. Grammars are not the be all and end all, but having been on the end of a pretty shabby comp (that is still just as shabby) it would take a lot for me personally to trust them.
90% of parents would bite your right hand off if you offered to swap their "standard" comp place for a place at Tudor Grange and it was on their doorstep.
Oh go on then I will give an opinion. I would choose Tudor G over KEFW. KEFW came across to me like a high performing comp, so might as well go for CHG and then TG then KEFW. I would definitely not trade KEFW for tudor grange
As always be careful with stats. I just looked in more detail at the 50% of low attainers achieving 5 or more GCSE's - there were only 2!!