Yes, the panel members should be circulated in advance of the hearing - and appellants will be asked if they know any of them. If yes, they'll be swapped ......
Saints32 is right:
2.10 The clerk must send all the papers required for the hearing, including the names of
the panel members, to both the parties and the members of the panel a reasonable time
before the date of the hearing. This will allow opportunity for any objections regarding
impartiality of panel members to be notified to the clerk. [Appeals Code]
General points are:
- academy school, usually no appeals are upheld, local authority handles the appeal on behalf of the school
- very low scores versus high attainment at school and school very supportive of appeal
If asked about underperformance in the 11+, I would say no more than that the outcome was inexplicable, and that the school was very surprised.
I don't know when the mock SATs were taken. The more recent they are, the more difficult it becomes.
You could argue that confidence has been shaken since the 11+, but ideally we could do with some reassurance that things are back on track.
It might be worth checking with the school to see if they are able to provide an update for the appeal.