I don't know how relevant this is or whether I'm just putting two and two together and making three, but when I was going through our CAF last year there was a box for Special Needs (I think it was quoted as that). Now I didn't tick that box as I don't consider my dd as having special needs. I have my middle daughter who has severe learning difficulties and she is classed as special needs so THOUGHT I knew what it meant.
Anyhow, as some of you may remember my dd didn't make the cut on Allocations' Day and we had to go to Appeal. One of the points in our case was DD's hearing (or lack of it - lol). Subsequently and before our case was heard DD was offered a place at our first choice school off the waiting list.
Because of a lot of administrative errors I ended up speaking to the school directly well before the AEO did and one of the questions put to me (when I mentioned DD's hearing) was is she special needs? I was quite flabbergasted to be asked that (thinking along the lines of older dd remember!) and it was pointed out to me she is classed as that and could they list her as such (I suspect to gain from any money in the offing for it though
). This meant I could have ticked the box on the CAF form and she would have gotten in above the others.
It wasn't until a while later it dawned on me if the above is true, I jeopardised my dd's chances of gaining a place by not being fully aware of her status!!!
I would have been horribly heartbroken if things hadn't turned out right in the end, but because it was never an issue in her primary school, it was never given a second thought.
If your child has ANYTHING which distinguises them from their peers check if you can claim special needs - it could bring an entirely different outcome to your situation.