Well we had our appeal this morning and, for those of you who are still to go through it, this is my thoughts/feelings etc.
Our panel - 2 men, 1 woman - were very nice and tried to make us feel at ease. I handed my speech in (which they were impressed with - thanks Etienne/Sally-Anne!) and one member highlighted bits in pink as I went along - not sure which bits, or whether that was a good or bad sign
The panel asked us very few questions which has made me think they didn't think our daughter's case deserved it.
Certainly filler type questions I have seen on this site didn't really seem to crop up. However, we were asked:
Did her friends pass
How did she feel when she found out she hadn't passed
How do you think she will get on at GS
How will GS affect her ME in your opinion (obviously specific question to our case)
Would you have sent her in for SATs after being ill (to which I replied that our school want you to send a child in dying if necessary to ensure they get the marks - he didn't know that!)
And that was it!
Two of the members really did push the LA rep on taking the test after missing one through being ill (referred to on my other post) and he was forced to say he would expect a child to have at least a day's notice before taking it - obviously my daughter (and us!) had no notice!
After, they spent about 15 minutes looking at her SATs papers and books.
Absolutely impossible to read though as I say I fear their lack of interest means they don't think she was good enough.
The help and information on this site has been invaluable though - thanks to everybody. Now we just wait for the postman.....
Good luck to anyone who still has to go through this - but don't panic!