I always swore it would be local school no matter what, if we were allocated a shit one then I'd accept it, it would toughen the kid up etc. All that is out of the window, I can even sympathise with real twattish behaviour and the whole appeals thing. We had a bit of an issue because our school has a second campus, which is inside a High School grounds. Even though we were so close to the main site we were allocated this remote campus as we were on the wrong side of the road. It was literally overlooked by smelly teenagers, had no facilities like a hall or after school clubs, a single tiny intake and it felt miles away. Turned out loads of parents were unhappy, but enough wanted to swap so it wasn't a problem.