If you really want the grammar remember places do come up in schools maybe a year or two in. They never publicise these places - you have to call direct and check. Most people never try after inital entry year.
You don't need to phone the school, you just put your preferences on the form and see what you get. If you want the grammar, put it first or you definitely won't get it. If you don't get it you will get your next choice if you are allocated that one and so on. You don't jeopardise anything. Read the notes that come with the choices form.
Put the grammar school as your first choice. If his mark isn't high enough, your second choice on the form becomes your first choice and so on.
You do not risk losing out on your second choice school by putting the grammar first even though you are uncertain whether he can get a place. If you definitely qualify for the second choice, the only way you would miss out on a place there is if your first choice makes you an offer.
Even if he has missed the pass mark for this year, there is also a chance you could get offered your second choice but later get the grammar school from the waiting list.
If you don't name the grammar school on your form, you cannot get an offer there even if his score scrapes through and you cannot be on the initial waiting list.
In my area, Kent, you either pass or don't, if you score over the minimum on all 3 and over the total needed too, you get a place (If that year the pass is 119)
Eg 126 VR 129 NVR 119 maths
Total is over 360 so you get a place
if you do what my dd did and get 126/129/118 and total 373 then your parents have to appeal and its horrendously stressful
In our area, they award places to those who pass. Then say there are 60 places left, everyone else can appeal them. You prepare info, you take it along to a hearing, they talk to you, look at their work, results, head teachers letter etc and decide
It's changed from this year and our local grammar is now again able to offer its own test which should vastly reduce the amount of appeals.
So in theory I can put grammar as first choice and then two non selective comps of our choice and if he doesn't get grammar offer then we should hopefully get place at choice of comp ?
The highest score this year was 400 and the lowest was 150. My son scored 305 so middle of the road. The letter says that until they have the lea forms stating how many want places there they can't say whether he will be offered or not.
So I suppose it is possible that if only 96 children who scored above him want the place and he is 97th then he will get an offer so it's still worth hoping ?
Why would an appeal involve ? I can't see anything regarding this in their website
the reason the admitting score for grammar is higher this year than last ifs either a brighter cohort or an easier test. not a thing to sweat about. though if he's just a mark under do they do re marks? maybe worth asking
you won't lose anything by putting the grammar on the form first choice.
if he didn't meet the criteria for the grammar then theylook the next cho choice-which should be the none selective he wants to go to most. then a second choice I'd he doesn't meet that schools criteria etc.
fill all the spaces.
use the last choice ( If it isn't higher up the list already) for comprehensive school you would be sure to get a place at on distance citeria. even if you hate this school do not, what ever you do omit it. there are worse school further away and that is where you still get a place I'd you do not name your neearest school.