Please can we stop perpetuating the nonsense about being able to "choose" a secondary school, or at the very least acknowledge that while some parentscarers are able to do this, others are not.
The verbs "to prefer" and "to choose" are not synonymous, and most certainly not when it comes to school admissions. While all can express a preference, not all are able to ensure that this preference becomes actuality.
From my experience of the non-selective, secular, state admissions process, you are only likely to have your preference met if the school you "choose"
is either undersubscribed or you virtually live in the playing field of your preferred oversubscribed school.
In areas where schools are oversubscribed you do not "choose" the school.
It is the admissions criterion that is more likely to do the "choosing".
Lynne Nicholls Dawlish, Devon