I have been advised to do the selection review....
For what reason? By whom?
If by the primary school, that is to be expected. They've been 'programmed' to stick to: "The system is that you go to review first, and then you can appeal
In 2013 the 'party line' overstepped the mark by saying that you couldn't go to appeal unless you'd first been through a review.
We pointed out that that was almost certainly unlawful, and we were vindicated. The Headteachers Manual now makes it very clear that a review can be bypassed.
Even so, we've still heard the occasional story of an out-of-touch primary school advising parents "You can't appeal unless you've first been through a review
but if unsuccesful so worried about this FCO issue (still confused by it), but if I wait for appeal, all those who passed first time round and those who were succesful at review would have taken up most of the spaces.
Not much we can add to FCO and oversubscription, which are all discussed in detail: here
And in this thread
Are selection reviews more for those who have scores closer to the pass mark?
You'd certainly stand a much better chance with scores of 118-120, based on last year's figures - http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... eous#e29f4
- but nothing, of course, can be guaranteed.
Anyone who has got as far as understanding all the issues ought
to feel overwhelmed!
There are no easy answers.
One of the aims (probably the main aim) of the system was to steer everyone towards a review, and to cut down on the number of appeals in order to save the grammar schools money. The hope may have been that - if you have an unsuccessful review - the very thought of FCO would put you off appealing!
It's a cruel system, because whatever you do is a bit of a gamble. And precisely because it's a gamble, we don't advise you to go in one direction rather than the other.