New county is Gloucestershire. They test on 6th October and there is no problem with her sitting the 11+ there, but I think we are too far away for them to give her a place from where we currently live.
Gloucestershire doesn't have a catchment area as such. Some children even take the test overseas if the parents are planning to move before the start of the new term.
The only point at which distance may become a factor in Gloucestershire is when children of an equal weighted (for age) score are put into rank order - one or two of the schools have 'distance from school' as a criteria, along with 'sibling at school'; this will only be an issue if your child is in the last few to be offered a place. If they have a slighly higher score than that, then distance will effectively not be considered.
I don't want to abuse the appeals system, but I'm not sure what to do in this kind of situation. Has anyone else moved county during this time?
You shouldn't need to go to appeal unless the factors above apply. If you've moved to Glos between the exam and Allocation Day in March, and your daughter just failed to get in because one
other child lived closer than your original address, then I think you'd have a very good case for an appeal.
I would strongly recommend your daughter sitting the test for Gloucestershire as well as your current county. Get that application in now!