Thank you so much for your advice.
My dd has always struggled to fit into friendships and can be easily intimidated by others. She said being around bossy intellectual girls all day every day would be her worst nightmare - her words, not mine. She is very much your average 10 year old - into X factor and trashy American teen tv - just happens to be bright academically and I also question how easily she may connect with the other girls.
She has 2 very good comps nearby for which we are catchment. She is opting for the slightly further one which only a few children have chosen, partly with a view to escaping some of the ones who have marred her junior education so far.
I think I may put cchs as preference. I know that if she doesn't get a place I will then be blaming myself for not doing enough prep with her.
I fear she is too far down the list for an offer.
Thanks so much for your time and I am glad your experience has turned out positive.
Well done to your DD! Are you in catchment for CCHS?