Up until a few hours ago we thought our DD choice of schools was a pretty safe bet. We understood we met the criteria for our first 2 choices and as she has a high score we felt this improved her chances further. However we have just discovered that the criteria has changed since the printing of the booklet on our first choice and if we lived a mile in any direction she would be likely to get a place. But we live where we live and they have now deemed our village outside of the catchment area. Now her application will be classed along with all other OOA applications, regardless of distance.
Our 2nd choice school is still a possibility, but actually is the only grammar now that we are considered in area for. However, people in neighbouring villages are falling into the catchment area for 3 or more grammars!
3rd choice is Newstead Wood which (a) is extremely difficult to pass the selection test and (b) we weren't keen on.
4th choice is a non grammar because we've run out of other options!
I think the next few days will be spent looking into this further, and then after that we will have to make our decision
and hope for the best. Hoping that once the application is in I will be able to forget about it for a while, then prepare to fight if necessary when March comes around.
Best of luck, I hope you get your choices. Stupidly I thought all the anxiety was over when the results came through ...