Trying to make some tough choices - DS is at a lovely school where we used to live (and still own a house - rented out), but DS2 will be going to school sept 2012. Are we allowed to apply for him to go whre DS1 is? We are 15 odd miles away, totally different council (same county though, not that that matters I guess) and we do still have a house there....
You can apply. They might even have a priority for siblings. Speak to the school and ask them. If they are normally oversubscribed and give priority to catchment children you probably don't have any chance. Irrelevant that you own a house there unless you actually live in it.
It does depend on the admissions criteria used - in some siblings will be higher than distance but others would put siblings out of catchment lower than non-siblings in catchment. Others have no sibling priority at all.
Yes you can - and their priority rules should be published on the council website. It won't matter about your house there, only about where you are currently living, but siblings will probably have priority anyway.
Ask the school for their admissions criteria - or go on the council's website, it should give you the criteria for applying. As others have said, you can apply to schools in different areas. Many schools do give preference to children who have brothers or sisters already at the school.
Where we live (on boundary of local authority K and local authority B) we can as it is rural, and some schools in the K are closer to people in B and vice versa. They have got a lot more strict with secondary though as one of the best performing (in terms of A Level grades) state secondaries in England is in B. (We are in K though, and across the road from a seconday school, so no chance there).
Anyway, in many cases I belive you can, but i think it is particular to the two local authorities involved.