Not sure about your comment re the east of the country, Amber - there seem to be plenty of people who want their DC to go to Colchester. But only for a visit, mind you, not actually to up sticks and move there. But they would like the visits to take place every day, five days a week, for the next seven years. Plenty of time to get to know the quirky old town that is Colchester, that's nice, you may say. But no, these visits are to be strictly for the duration of the school day, preferably straight in through the door from a private minibus at half past eight and straight back on said minibus at half past three. Probably a good thing, given how long that minibus journey is going to take, though, and with a good supply of Kwells, they can probably get quite a lot of homework done on the way home
So every cloud has a silver lining and we are just meanies who don't understand that the best place for a child is the one at the top of this year's league table, even if that is fifty miles away from home.