I have a educational phychologist who assessed my daughter and says that a school like Bushey or even Francis Combe Academy would be detrimental to my daughters psychological wellbeing as well as social and educational.
It's important to realise that an appeal panel will be looking for reasons why you want a place at the school you're appealing for, rather than why you don't want a place elsewhere.
Her tutor is also supportive of my appeal.
Whether this would carry any weight rather depends on how well qualified the tutor is to comment on why the school being appealed for would best meet your daughter's needs.
My daughter is also from an ethnic minority who hertfordshire say they have pledged to keep from being disadvantaged.
This is important with regard to local authority policy, but I'm afraid it doesn't mean that you would be given any sort of preference at an appeal. An appeal panel is independent, and has to take its decisions strictly in accordance with the Appeals Code.
My advice is as follows:
1) I think you will need to be realistic about the chances of admission to schools within range of your new address. The county's Choice Advisers might be able to guide you.
2) If appealing. it's important to find out the success rate for appeals to a particular school in recent years, as it gives a realistic idea of the chances of success. (For some of the more popular Herts. schools, there seem to be very few successful appeals.) This information (which you are entitled to under the Freedom of Information Act) should be available from the local authority - or from the school in the case of foundation or voluntary aided schools.
3) If appealing, you must put forward positive reasons for needing a place at the school you want. See our Q&As:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/11plus ... #section-C
(C2 in particular)
The rest of section C explains the process of appealing for a place at an oversubscribed school.
PJ's comments above are also helpful.