The chair of the panel seemed to be on our side, one member seemed to be sitting on the fence whilst the third seemed against it.
That sounds familiar to me. On our panel we all react differently to people, but sometimes chatting afterwards, we find ourselves agreeing.
Take additional supporting evidence if you have it.
Take it even if you
think it's unimportant as we might find it useful. Take extra examples of your childs work and offer them - but don't take it as a snub if they're not looked at. If you can find nice handwriting & good spellings / punctuation / grammar, include that prominently in the pack!
Questions asked were general, what we his hobbies, does he enjoy school and how far away we lived from the school and how he would travel there each day. Also if he had been tutored at all.
We do touch on travelling when looking at appeals, but not in a major way.