My wife and I were asking the same question back in July 2009, because our elder boy won't have a chance if there's a catchment policy - we lived in Australia, over 10,000 miles away!
In the end, we picked three schools, one of which is the Colyton Grammar School in Devon (South West) with about 1 in 4 chance of getting in.http://www.colytongrammar.devon.sch.uk/ ... -stats.htm
Its ranking in the BBC's league tables are,
GCSE Ranking, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21165938
A Level Ranking, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21171282
The breakdown of individual subjects are,
GCSE, http://www.colytongrammar.devon.sch.uk/ ... /index.htm
A level, http://www.colytongrammar.devon.sch.uk/ ... levels.htm
ONLY IF THERE IS A TIE FOR THE LAST AVAILABLE PLACE due to the applicants having identical scores, then the following priority order will be used as a tie-breaker:
Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children
Proximity to the school as measured by a straight line from the main school entrance to the house address of the applicant using Google Earth©
(For details, please visit the school's link, http://www.colytongrammar.devon.sch.uk/ ... /index.htm
(Its open day is coming, please refer to the Headteacher's Blog, http://headcgs.wordpress.com/
Hope the above help.
PS We enjoy living near the seaside, the open space, the warmer weather and the peaceful neighbourhood (http://www.colyfordvillage.co.uk/