I would not be surprised if it's the same as RGS: local children with good KS2 results who didn't get through on appeal.
Rgs are seemingly relaxing the definition of "good" for ks2 results too, simply over riding every normal criteria for grammar school entry and basing it on their own test. So if wycombe high are doing similar and your child has less than level 5 sats at ks2 just go for it and apply anyway.
As an aside:
Let's hope the rgs test is robust enough this time, not the same as previous years, because the content of that one is known by several parents and was easier than the 11+ by all accounts, which led to a few shock admissions, which as suggested did upset people who had near 11+ misses but lost at appeal and had given up trying.
It's a good point SB3 but schools are desperate for the extra funding of more 'bums on seats' - they lose an astronomical amount of money by non-take-up etc and so will be - in the absolute sense of the word - desperate
to fill places.
It's sad when like you say, there are many who take the exam plus appeal process at face value and then give up in the hope of getting their child settled at their secondary school.
I think the point is these parents had got their child settled into upper and were not prepared to risk another failied attempt at grammar, there being only so much confidence knocking a child can take. If they had any inkling how easy the test was going to be they may have tried again.
I'm not assuming any of these late entry tests will be easy this year, but I am trying to give anyone who thinks their child is bright enough to have a go.
At the same time if there is any doubt they will keep up and they are happily settled in upper dont make them miserable in a fast paced grammar school; prestige, rugby, friends, none of it makes up for the daily grind of not quite understanding lessons and feeling very overwhelmed but unable to express as much.