Perhaps this whole appeal procedure is rather a Government excuse to give false hope and earn some extra cash for Appeal Panel members, Clerks etc. I appealed for Newstead Wood, Super Selective school and now realise (although I probably truthfully knew all along) that if my daughter had not achieved the cut off score, 220, then there was NO POINT appealing.
Earn extra cash? Show me how! It's a voluntary thing, unpaid. We can claim travelling expenses, but when you live within walking distance of the venue, that's a bit hard.
In the past we have allowed appeals where the child didn't reach the cut-off scores, even when we didn't allow appeals for children who had passed. It depends on the mitigating circumstances, reports from existing schools and the like. I can't say too much about this year as the parents haven't got their letters yet, and anyway it's -er- confidential. But false hope? Not in all cases. There's always athe odd strongish case where the school prejudice outweighs the pupils & we can't allow the appeal, but there's often many that are the other way around, so they can't be 'false' hope.