I have been looking at the Bucks system for some time and was under the impression that it was only possible to get an out of county place if you live relatively close to the school, e.g. Berkhamsted or Hemel for Chesham Grammar, as ulimately they end up allocating all places and distance does matter. Wokingham is 30-40 miles away, which means that applicants from much of London would have more chance being closer.
Both the Floyd and Chesham Grammar suffer from their geographic location (right on the edge of county) and strong competition from the single gender schools that they share catchment with. As a result, they allocate places to every child who applies and qualifies, and still have vacant places - you can see that from here: http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/school ... n-profiles
Would it reassure you if I tell you that I have known a child receive a place at CGS from as far away as Singapore? Then there was Italy, Switzerland ... Manchester was a shoo-in ... and the same goes for the Floyd.
DS is in Y2, so still plenty of time to decide.
Children change enormously between Y2 and Y5. Shy children can come out of their shell, children lacking in confidence can mature and become much more robust, etc. As your son is happy where he is, and the school is good, I would sit tight and put his emotional and social welfare first.
Yes, Reading School would be ideal, but my rough estimate is that 10% pass, which out of about 10% taking the test would mean 1% getting in, similar to superselectives and having a lot to do with tutoring and pure luck. In Bucks, there seems to be 30% getting in. DS is quite bright and we could try the superselectives, but we'd rather play safe.
Yes, around 30% qualify, with a further 5% getting in on appeal. There is much less pressure involved in preparing for the Bucks test - just VR, at least at present. Even if the content changes, the test won't become any harder, because it would still have to deliver roughly 2,100 pupils to fill the schools.
Indeed, I think that an "ordinary grammar" would be a happier place than a superselective, even for a gifted child. Following this logic, we would also consider Chesham Grammar, Aylesbury being a bit too far, unless he could travel by train from Amersham
Yes, "ordinary" grammars are, I think happier places in general terms. From Amersham, CGS would be much easier than Aylesbury.
(actually, it seems that Sir Henry Floyd is the only grammar in Bucks offering IB?).
Quite possibly. I get the impression that most of them aren't terribly interested in it.