Hi from the OP (I must get a username as this is so confusing!)
We are in SE London and live just over the border of Bromley - probably in the worst possible position for state schools of anyone else I know
We have applied to 3 state schools and Dulwich College, Alleyns, Trinity and St Dunstans. I think we will be notified at the end of Jan/Early Feb of independent school offers with a window of about 2 weeks to respond. I have no doubt that we will have to stump up a deposit on one of these schools before we receive the outcome of our CAF form on 1st March, thus providing a few more pennies for the coffers!
I think this has possibly been the worst year of my life - pity our poor children who are the ones jumping through hoops!
Good luck to everyone wherever you are applying