... but I am rather envious of those who either have siblings at their non selective school or a 'safe' 11+ score right now!
Our first preference is home education; to us that's far superior to any grammar school (and DD has siblings in HE including one just 18 months older than her doing a few GCSEs this year). But she's determined to try grammar school for a bit! So our entire family life is now going to be ruled by school timings, school days and school terms. That's a big
change for us. No more impromptu trips into London, no more enjoying Adventure Island and the like without the crowds, no more deciding when in the week we're having our weekend, no more going on holiday during the cheap rates ....
And she's going to have to learn subjects the school
decides for her (mostly), and follow that ridiculous and highly limited National Curriculum, and do exams when the school
tells her to do exams...
A "safe" score is not always a good thing I suppose. We have mild regrets now that we let DD take the 11+.
I wish I could give you her place.