I did ask the Head Teacher if she would would accompany me to the appeal, but she declined on the basis that its her policy not to attend appeals and has never done so for anyone.
It was worth asking, but some heads do take the view that it would cause ill feeling if they attend for one child but not for others.
Should I ask her class room assistant who is very sympathetic to the case if she can accompany me?
You could, but I would suggest telling the panel that she's there just for 'moral support' but will answer any questions if she can be of assistance.
Could she provide evidence on my behalf of her academic potential to the pane.
I think the panel would expect evidence of academic potential to come from the headteacher or class teacher, so proceed with great caution. My advice would be that she should only respond to questions if asked, keep the answers short and factual, and avoid opinions.
DD also went on to be offered a place at Edgbaston High School for Girls, where the feedback was that she scored 2nd highest and was outstanding in her maths. Unfortunately I am currently not in a position to accept this offer as no further bursaries are available. They were allocated in the January round of exams which my dd did not take as they were scheduled around the time of grand fathers demise. Should I mention this in regards to her academic capabilities?
Generally speaking, it's probably not a good idea to discuss applications to other schools. If asked, you can respond, but unless you have the feedback in writing, it's unlikely to count as evidence.
What further evidence can I provide to strengthen the case?
For academic evidence, see:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11
For oversubscription arguments, see:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2
DD is on waiting list for Sutton Girls, so just to clarify, my appeal is on the grounds of oversubscription and not non-qualification?
If score is a criterion, and you want to submit that your daughter ought to have scored more highly, then some of the arguments will be the same as for non-qualification.