With mitigating circumstances it is useful if you have some evidence to back up how this would have affected your child. ie Your Primary School has noticed a dip in DC performance during the difficult redundancy period.
I would play down being ill on the day because the Trafford LEA admissions booklet gives instructions on what to do if your child is unwell.
You need to concentrate mainly on the academic evidence http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/11plus ... rs.php#b11
and reasons you are appealing for a particular school http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/11plus ... ers.php#c2
My 2nd choice high school is a good one but I wonder, if I need to appeal in March to the LA for the grammar, does this mean I could lose the high school place which will be offered whilst I go through the process?
If your first choice (GS) cannot be offered you will have the right to appeal and it will not affect your offered school.