Do members of the panel take into account the place that has been offered and accepted by an appellant?
The focus at oversubscription should be on the school being appealed for, not on the school allocated or other possibilities. However, if the panel is minded to allow more appeals than it feels the school can cope with, it must then compare all those cases and decide which ones to allow up to the point where the prejudice to the school would become too great. I accept that, in this situation, the panel's sympathies might possibly be with the parent who doesn't have an alternative grammar school or a good faith school or comprehensive already on offer, or who hasn't got a good independent school lined up - but the decision still depends on the strength of the case as a whole, taking into account all the reasons put forward by the parent for wanting a place.
I am also worried that as a Head Teacher appeal was unsuccessful that we will have to try and make the case even stronger, are panels more likely to uphold an appeal where a HT appeal has already taken place?
Personally I wouldn't have thought so. Panels ought to realise that there's no real consistency among primary school heads in who is put forward for consideration. Your current headteacher will presumably be offering equally strong support for the independent appeal.
There have also been some medical issues that DS has had to cope with which would have had an impact on him, but I am unsure of how this would be received by a panel as most evidence is in a dairy form completed by me for a neurologist to look at after the appeal has taken place. Should I use this anyway? It is relevant to the reason why the HT appeal was refused.
I think it would be worth submitting. The panel are more likely to believe what you've written if there's evidence that school work was affected at the same time.
If you can identify valid reasons for appealing for two different GS will both take place on the same day and with the same panel?
If they are foundation schools, running their own appeals, then it's very unlikely. If they are LA schools, it depends how appeals are organised locally, but the odds are probably against this happening.
I worry that a panel would judge us unfairly, thinking that our only aim is to secure a GS place, regardless of which school it is.
As Herman says, it's perfectly reasonable to try for a number of grammar schools, but be careful to have very specific reasons for each one.
Even if the arguments are a bit contradictory .....viewtopic.php?f=35&t=17188&p=206903&hilit=same+panel+member#p206903