Your replies are much appreciated.
I won't look at an appeal if she doesn't get in, I think it would be too stressful for her and I'm not sure you can appeal in Essex for anything other than medical or really extenuating circumstances.
I'm pretty convinced she han't got in, her scores on her last mock test were good (88% english, 72% maths and 68% VR- didn't finish the VR paper in her mock either) but they do tend to drop their scores on the day so with a whole page left out I think it's pretty safe to say she won't have secured a place.
Also, it looks like the numbers of girls taking the tests was really high this year so I suspect the cutoff marks will be high this year.
She is bright but a plodder, so really good in class work etc, not so good in a timed situation as she panics a bit and revisits too much. Am incredibly proud of her but will be "bigging up" the two local schools we put down.
We had a cuddle tonight and I've reiterated it doesn't matter, she'll still go to a lovely school etc etc.
Am going to have to avoid the uber family at the school gates on March 1st though!