Great post lostinshuffle, totally agree.
The 11 plus should not define who you are or what you become. It can seem from reading posts that all it takes is hard work, when that can't be possible with so many sitting for so few places. Someone has to not make the grade. There are many other ways of excelling and finding your potential.
Look at people such as Robert Preston, went to a local comp and managed tomgetbinto Oxfford and is now economics editor at the bbc. Comprehensive education did not hold him back.
Thanks for writing this. I hope others will read it over the next few months when the pressure mounts.