I have a very similar question so I hope it is ok to post here instead of starting a new thread. I am asking on behalf of a friend who is concerned as the school her DD goes to doesn't have appear to have had a successful review in the last few years. I know someone from the same school a couple of years ago went to review with head's full support and 1:1 recommendation but was still unsuccessful. Do you think this would have an adverse effect on future children recommended by the same school?
I don't think what's happened in the past should be taken into account.
Review panels (and subsequently appeal panels) will have in front of them a breakdown of the recommendations made by the school this
year, and details of how many of those children have been successful in the 11+.
If the school is currently seen to be unrealistic, scattering recommendations around like confetti, then even a 1:1 could cease to have any value.
Hope this helps. If you wish to continue discussing, do please start your own thread.