...means if people are appealing to more than one school they could actually then turn down a place if both appeals are successful, which in turn would mean that there will then be spaces again that will be unfilled. This seems so unfair, and I feel that if you are offered a place at one school on appeal you should not then be able to appeal to a different school. Are there any rules with regards this and do the panel know if you are appealing to other schools??
My panel certainly doesn't know if the parents are appealing elsewhere. Likewise, we don't know if they are being offered scholarship places at private schools; I've found out from other parents after the appeals have taken place that children have turned down the place after we'd allowed their appeal because of a private school offer!
The reason that there are no rules on 'only allowing one successful appeal per child' is that how would the appeal for the favourite school be always heard first? The only way round it would be for one panel to hear all the appeals for each child. That would mean that the same panel would have to hear all the appeals for the whole county - and then what about children from neighbouring LEAs?
The best thing to do is hope that a 'two appeal child's first appeal is heard early, they get the result and drop the second appeal.
It's not a perfect system, and there will always be people who might get a different result if the system is tweaked another way - but then someone else would loose out!