Hi mummy2three, I've been surfing for more info lately on indie schools/boarding as well! I've been thinking strongly about trying for 10+ (for several reasons; one - can't go through the 11+ GS tests which is 2 years away and indie has many advantages which i think DS can benefit from). I've even received brochure from Eton (its 13+ entrance though and its like setting my eyes on the sky limit!), even read through St Paul's brochure\website as well as Kingston Grammar. I did consider all sorts of options... the bottom line is, I want the best we can afford for DS (will have to hope for some sort of scholarship - will be thrilled with 50%).
I've not heard of Royal Russell until now. Are you thinking of boarding?
I have thought if DS get into a school which is a bit inconvenient to travel, it might be better to board (though the thought of missing him will tear me apart).
I realise our DS are both in same year, but at least you have done it once with your older one (which I am delighted for you). I wish you all the best with your 2nd DS and for all your generosity in sharing experiences/understanding/advice, you and your children deserve it all. So good luck all the way.