The children are currently 8 and 9 and not due to go to high school until September 2015 and September 2016. The issue has arisen because the children's mother is already sending the eldest to a tutor after school to improve the child's chances of passing the 11+ entrance exam required to attend the grammar school. The children have not been to visit any of the schools as this premature. The oldest has said she wants to go to the school that all her friends will be going to but is also interested in the grammar school because she is told it is "better." As it is so early in the proceedings none of the friends are expressing an opinion yet and the likely hood is that the children's friends will all go different schools depending on catchment areas and personal preference. We are fortunate to have two good schools in the town. Both children are very sociable and have many friends not just a special best friend.
Obviously the children's wishes should be taken into consideration and the father is happy for the children to choose between the two schools in the town. What he would like to know is can he veto the out of town grammar school?