I've been lurking for too long on EPE, so now its time to say hello - and ask a question!
My son is doing 11+ in September for our local grammar school. At the open evening, the Head stated (quite obviously) that if you want to come to this school, you MUST put it as first choice on the Local Education Authorities CAF.
However, although my son is working his way though GL Assessments and Bond 11+ papers like there's no tomorrow, his results are not staggering - he's hitting 70-80% in maths, but better in VR & NVR - around 80 - 85% in those.
As is typical, we're out of catchment area for the Grammar school, so admission is based on results - the higher your results, the more likely you are to be offered a place.
Planning for the worst, we've also got our eye on a (relatively) local Academy school - it's fantastic.
HOWEVER - at their open evening, the Head said....if you want to come to our school, you MUST put it as your first choice on the CAF. DILEMMA!!!!
So Grammar school is first choice, and assuming he passes the entrance exam, we'd want to put it down as first choice. But because his results aren't amazing, there's a chance he won't be high enough up the "league table" to be offered a place - but we're unlikely to be offered a place at the Academy because we didn't put it down as first choice!!!
Has anyone come across this sort of problem before, or have any tips as to how to deal with it, should the situation arise?
Thanks in advance guys