I do have sympathy with you, Ronald. We live quite literally on the boundary line for the Eastern catchment outer area and it was nearly impossible to get a definitive answer as to whether we would be included in round 1 until we had actually applied. Our DD scored extremely highly so we would have been in the same situation as you had we lived over the road! Where I originally come from there are some excellent grammar schools that have an inner catchment area, and then everyone else (!), thus supporting the needs of those who specifically live in the area either by chance or for that reason, and also giving those who don't at least a fighting chance! I lived in a small village at the time, definately out of the catchment but due to my brilliance (and modesty!) was able to secure a place as a high scoring 'everyone else'! Grammar schools have closed, jobs mean people have to move, finances ensure you stay put, family commitments beckon..there are many excellent reasons why people are not able to live in a catchment area but have a child who will shine at a grammar school. It may be worth lobbying, if you can gather support, for change. I suppose, as with everything, the amount someone is prepared to get involved very much depends on how it affects them currently! I hope your child gets every opportunity they deserve. Edsmum..I realise this is a little off topic, please feel free to move it. I was just hoping that Ronald would see the reply and so used the thread currently utilised.
I might have a go at putting these last few comments into another thread. Done.
It's a shame Ronald has felt like he cannot continue to post and I too feel huge sympathy for how the catchment changed and affected people. We were lucky and able to move house to be within catchment; not everyone can do that.