There is a group hearing followed by the individual appeals the following day. Is the right time to ask this at the group stage?
Immediately after the presentation of the school's case at the group hearing, questions will be invited, so this would be the right time to ask anything about the school case.
The individual hearing will focus entirely on the parental case.
presumably others were on the waiting list before then. [Though I am not entirely sure how waiting lists are kept and what factors would cause another child to potentially leapfrog their way to the top of the list, other than sibling?]
Length of time on the waiting list isn't counted - one's position on the list would drop immediately if someone else comes along with a higher claim according to the oversubscription rules.
If there are three children in catchment, with eligible
* siblings at the school, then my guess is that distance from the school is being used as a tie-breaker.
*The definition of sibling needs checking in the admission rules - sometimes it has to be an older
Hope this helps.