I've come across reviews that focus on alternative academic evidence but exclude extenuating circumstances - but not the other way round!
I wonder what is the point of a primary teacher with current or recent Year 6 experience if alternative academic evidence is not going to be considered? (Another question there!
It is up to the admission authority how they conduct their review, so long as it is fair, consistent and objective.
However, the new Appeals Code doesn't even mention extenuating circumstances - the focus (for an appeal where there has been no proper review) is on alternative academic evidence!
If there is absolutely no point in time when alternative academic evidence can be considered, there might well be an argument about fairness!
Whether the panel will accept this argument, I can't say. If not, it could mean a long drawn-out complaint - first going through the academy's complaints procedure, and then if necessary through whatever procedure the Secretary of State is setting up to replace the YPLA.