2. If the former, does it carry any weight that the 2nd preference school DD was offered a place at is logistically very difficult to get to compared to the first preference? It feels like they'll just argue that we chose to put her 2nd preference school down knowing where it was and how difficult it was to get there, which is of course true - for the reasons given we didn't put local schools high up on our preferences.
Hi Littlefish - I really wouldn;t mention the allocated school, you are now appealing FOR a place at the 1st choice school, not AGAINST the allocated school. They probably will assume that you were happy to put it on the CAF in second place and hence were aware of the logistics.