Wish I could say the same for Crypt! 4 places and 30 appeals...not much to smile about there. I have no idea how many they take over pan either.
Tell your friend to keep her hopes up. We received a letter from Crypt about two weeks ago offering a place (which was very suprising as we had been lucky enough to be offered/accept a place at our first choice school (Marling)). I rang immediately to say that we didn't need a place, hoping to make someones day. Im sure Im not the only one to have received a letter like this. I spoke to a teacher friend who says this happens every year at Crypt, I guess as the school doesn't know where you placed them it just carries on down its list offering places as they become available. With any luck your friend may not even have to appeal or at least face better odds.
I wish I'd found this site earlier, its great, very supportive.