Well, finally got the news we expected but not so sure we're happy with that anymore.
It seems that WGs and Parmiters selective intake this year was down to 25% of the total, reduced from 35% in previous years. It also seems that a 25% was tried in the past with not very good results: that particular cohort, which I understand is now in y 10, brought down academic attainment and has strained schools resources (i.e., teachers' times) as they have to deal with discipline issues.
There is still a positive side, which is that given the policy of banding the pupils, this 25% could sail through. My concern is that our dd, though obviously clever, unless challenged is prone to fall by the way side, and therefore, be banded downwards.
Wouldn't it be better to look for reallocation in the OOC grammar (second choice) whose cohort is more homogeneous?
Such timing! It may be difficult to get onto the waiting list for a school you've already rejected; perhaps you'll want to read up on the Bucks 12+.
I presume that you're referring to the Girls' school, as Parmiter's and the Boys' school had lots of siblings that year, admitting 5 and 8 children by distance respectively, while the Girls' school admitted 37. (There's a lot of variation between years.) That cohort did their KS3 last year, with their L5 results down about 1% and their L6 results down about 5% from the previous year, and still higher than some Bucks grammars. So they pulled up many of those distance admissions, and my impression is that they challenge the more able too. (As scared mum said, it's not just 25%: many of those admitted as siblings would be at the same level.)
You present homogeneity of the fully selectives as an advantage, but you'd want to be sure that the school you select is also giving extra challenges to their more able students.
A larger cloud on the horizon is the future of the cross-sibling rule between the WGs.