Welcome from me too!
I agree with everything ourmaminhavana has written.
After the school case you're entitled to ask questions. 'Speeches' would almost certainly not be welcome, but you could easily make a brief observation (such as "Some of the arguments in the school case look a bit repetitive
"), followed by "Would you agree?
" or "Is that a fair point?
All matters to do with the school case (and that includes querying or challenging anything in the case) must be raised at stage 1. Stage 2 is entirely about your own case.
I assume you've seen our advice on the two stages?http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c1http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2
The point I was wondering about making was that they say it is unlikely any children will move out of the area during the year so any difficulties arising from taking children above PAN are unlikely to be eased during the year. But in previous years they have had successful appeals and, looking at the expected roll numbers from September, each of those years is expected to have fewer children than they would have had in Y7 including the successful appeals. So it seems to me that children are leaving during the year based on previous experience, and therefore difficulties are likely to be eased. Hope this makes sense! But if I try and turn that into a question, it becomes very waffly!
I doubt that an appeal panel will want to speculate about 'movement out'. However, as the school case itself asserts that it is unlikely any children will move, it would be entirely reasonable for you to ask why numbers in previous years appear to have fallen back.
You make a good point about health and safety in science etc - would the school tell me if I rang to ask about any accidents/incidents due to overcrowding?
They ought to - they have a duty under the Code of Practice to assist you:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c26