In that case, the 'moving into the area' clause seems pointless. Under what circumstances would it apply?
Hard to say, but I would imagine that there have been cases where parents have done things like signed a lease on a rented property but not withdrawn their other children from schools in the original area, suggesting that there was no intention to move house. I think it is a "catch-all" clause.
My reading of the deciding factors is that it's decided by distance within each category, so if 1000 applied in cat 2, then it's nearest wins. They stated that they were able to offer places to all category 1, 2 and most of 3. Do you read it differently?
I wish that was guaranteed - I have just looked up the Allocation Profile for this year, as of March 1st, and it reads as follows:
All applicants offered under rule 1 (catchment) and some under rule 2c (strong commitment to the Church ofEngland) to a distance of 8.687 miles.
There was a really significant squeeze on places this year compared to previous years. (I should have checked that earlier for you - we could have saved some bandwidth between us!)
Am I correct in thinking that we can still complete a CAF form in Oct even though we are out of County and still be offered a place at SHF? i.e. the proof of residence is only for catchment/over subscribed decisions which doesn't appear to affect SHF?
Based on all historic data (past performance is no guarantee, etc), absolutely! That is the good news.
You may find this incredible, but I know of cases where a child has been living abroad - 1,000 or more miles away from Bucks - and they have been allocated places at a Bucks GS, simply because there are more places than preferences. (Needless to say the intention was to move to Bucks - usually back to the family home after a period as expats - rather than commuting.
The only reason I am pressing the point so hard is that the most heartbreaking cases I see each year are those where a child has worked hard and qualified, but they and the parent get the shock of their lives on Allocations Day because they are given the "wrong" school.
It is always because the parent has failed to understand the rules - they have put the schools in the wrong order on the CAF, not realised that the address evidence has to be submitted, put the form in late, etc, etc.
That scenario should not apply to you if your daughter qualifies for SHF, but it does apply to Plan B, and that could catapult you quite unexpectedly into an unwelcome Plan C.
You may feel that the schools in Plan C are more appetising where you currently live, and therefore prefer her to sit the 11+ this October from your current address and then move if she qualifies? There are lots of ways to attack this, but do make sure that you really understand all the implications.