We've received our exemption certificate!
That means that I've convinced the powers-that-be that I am capable of homeschooling my eldest girl, and am basically free to do what I want now, as long as I basically promise to make sure she is "taught as well as, and as often as in school".
I only posted it (all 7 pages of my best edu-speak) on Sat 13th, it was signed off on Wednesday, and back in my letterbox on the 20th! That's a pretty good turn around, I was worried it wouldn't be back in before school starts (around 2-7th Feb), and that would have made her a truant lol!
Needless to say, I'm very relieved!