Sorry another question! Reading the appeals forum, there is talk of proximity of school to home, makes a difference too. This was written by someone in Kent I think, however does it have any consideration in Glos, particularly SHS.
I understand having a sibling strengthens your case, so if you live closer to school than another child would that have any advantage. Just asking cause SHS is probably closer to us than any other secondary school, including comps. (Just trying to calm my nerves and hold on to what little sanity I have)
SHS doesn't have a catchment area, unlike the Kent schools. That said, an appeal from Stroud District may be looked on more slightly favourably than one from Reading or Bristol (where the parents were not planning to move home) - all things being equal (which is rare in an appeal).
Distance from school is used when working out the waiting list position, as are siblings at school, but this is not used in an appeal. I've known siblings dragged physically into an appeal (in uniform) by the desparate parents, & getting them to state how well they though their younger sibling would fit in to the school. I've even known people to say that the parents, aunts/uncles went to the school as well. Sibling would only strengthen the case against an equall appeal without a sibling - so two children, both with the same mitigating circumstances - which is so unlikely.
Also, if you're within walking distance of SHS, the same applies for Archway (which despite the Ofsted is thought of by many as a pretty good school).
All that said, panels can (and do) take anything into account that they like, and give it different weight.