Thanks Ettienne, from what I have told you so far do you feel we have grounds for an appeal?
Yes - but I wouldn't want to give you false hope because (a) appeals tend to be unpredictable, and (b) I've a feeling that appeals for Herts grammar schools may not be easy.
Having said that, you should certainly try - otherwise you could always regret not having tried.
Are there any specialist consultants we can who can advise us when preparing for an appeal
I would strongly advise against - you really need to read the Q&As! http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a11
Also, regarding why WFG - it is our nearest school, our son's closest friends are going there under sibling rule and having a dad who has cancer we want him to be at our local school with his friends to minimise any further emotional issues. Are those legitimate reasons?
If they're at the same school, could the school write a letter to say that it would help your son to have the support of his friends?
And/or could the other parents write to say that your respective sons are good friends, that their own child will be going to the school, that they are very concerned about your son, and hope that the appeal panel can take into account that he is going to need a lot of support?