Thanks Mum66, Pates does offer testing abroad which is also a plus for us.
Am I right in that in doing the test via Pates we will also be eligible for the scores to be put forward for the other Gloucestershire grammars, i.e. it's all the same test? I'll be contacting the schools/LA after christmas to get all the info but was just wondering if you knew off hand.
Guest55 - tbh we potentially could relocate anywhere in the UK so if you have any suggestions for other non catchment requiring grammars, I'd love to hear them.
The test results will be shared with whichever other selective Gloucestershire schools you tick on the application form. Usually people take the test at the school that is their top choice, but others take it at the most convenient. All the grammars allow the test to be sat overseas.
There is a short time between test results and having to state which school you wish to apply to. However, you will probably need a UK address by that stage (not necessarily in Gloucestershire) as out-of-county applications for any school in Gloucestershire are processed initially by the 'home' county then forwarded to Gloucestershire Education who do the school allocations. If your son gets a pass mark for one or more school, you'll not have much time to look round them if you leave it that late.
All the Grammars have a unique 'look and feel'. Pate's works well for bright children - but then so do all the others and whilst Pate's might have a few more very bright ones, all the schools have children just as bright!
If you end up moving here but your son doesn't pass the test, note that most of the non-grammars are also pretty good schools in the area.
Final tip. Get your son speaking & reading English like wot it is spoke and writeded by us. Do that now, not later. English spellings and phrasing.