The following is a good example of how an own-admission authority school might arrange its appeals:
Appeals will be in two parts if the child has not qualified, and if the school is full (or might become full if a sufficient number of children are deemed qualified during the appeals). Both parts will be heard at the same time.
1. Admission authority must make its case that the child does not have the required ability (based on the test results).
2. Appeal against non-qualification â€“ this is where you present your alternative evidence of academic ability and mitigating circumstances.
3. Admission authority must make its case that the school is full and that taking extra pupil(s) would cause prejudice (i.e. harm) or increase the prejudice if the school is already in a prejudiced situation.
4. Parental reasons for needing a place â€“ this is where you present your case about why you want a place at this school for your child.
Parents will need, therefore to submit a case for both parts of the appeal (step 2 & step 4), but bear in mind that any points relating to step 4 will only be considered at the decision-making stage if the child is first deemed to be qualified.
If you've had no "oversubscription/prejudice case" from the school, a possible explanation is that year 7 in September is not full, and that the number of appellants is less than the number of places available.
I think you should ask whoever is organising the appeals:
Is year 7 full for September?
If so, what happens if your appeal against non-qualification were to be successful?