I am in a quandry at the moment. Quel surprise!
We have found a senior school for DS2 that he desperately wants to go to and we are very happy with. It is not the same as his brother's school, which ideally we would rather he went to, but it is equally good and we would not feel it was second best in any way - potentially it even has a few more pros in some areas. The problem is that although DS would thrive there it is oversubscribed so would be difficult to get into. Although they deny having a sibling policy the impression they have given me is that if DS1 went there then DS2 would more than likely get in. This is not the case for DS1's school which is increasingly hard to get into and has no sibling policy. In fact we know of bright siblings who have not got in and we are at a loss to see why.
So my question is - should we try and get DS1 into DS2's choice school so DS2 is basically guaranteed a place. There really is very little to distinguish between the two in all honesty apart from the fact that we have had our hopes set on DS1's school for years. DS1 is not happy at the thought of going to any school other than the one he thinks he's going to and would be appalled if he thought the reason for the change of plan would be to help his brother out.
Our decision has to be made soon as the test for this school is in the next academic year for DS1.