Would/should/can the appeal panel know about any other schools applied for and what the scores are? Does this affect the appeal?
Also is it best to represent yourself or pay outside agency to do it?
We often ask what school your child has been offered, and what they think of the offer. We don't get told this by the School side, and neither would we know about scores other than for us. Sometimes we're told by the parents that they already have a place offered at another local grammar, but that doesn't make any difference to our decision.
I like to think I can spot a 'prepared by third party' appeal a mile off, even if you've written it out in your own handwriting. There's nothing actually wrong about them, per se, but we'll try and get all the relevant information out of you when you meet the panel anyway, so you may well be wasting your money.
Alternatively, send Â£5,000 in used bank notes to my PO Box address and I'll do the whole thing for you - but - err - with absolutely no guarantees whatsoever.
(PS, Etienne - I'll split it 50/50 with you - are we off on a cruise next year?)