Hi Hope and Caroline
I also have heard of many successful appeals but no failures yet, which makes me very concerned as our appeal is not until 8th Feb.
Appeals began on 9th January I believe, and there have been roughly 6 appeals each day at 4 different locations. Therefore, around 200 appeals have been heard by now. An estimate of 30 successes would be 15%, which is very low. The usual success rate each year is 30 - 40%. Bear in mind that you may not have heard about many Appeals at all, let alone those that did not succeed. Many people never talk about their Appeals publicly.
Please don't worry about having a late date. The panels will have no idea of the "wider picture" - each panel is still assessing every case on it's own merits right up until the last appeal is heard. That date is usually around mid-February, but could a week later.
My DD's school have been reading the info on here and think it is excellent and will be telling those that need it next time, I have been singing it's praises and I believe they have been logging in particularly on my case, I think they realised which was mine.
Thank you Caroline - I also do everything I can tell people about this site. Information is so very important in this whole process.
If anyone should read this post and think that their case might be readily identifiable, as Caroline's may be, please let me reassure you.
Caroline's mitigating circumstances were probably very public to everyone who knows her, and so she felt comfortable disclosing them on the Forum. That has made her Appeal an invaluable "case study" for future users.
However, if you do not want to post personal information on the Forum, please choose a very anonymous user-name, post the main details of your case here and then ask for a discussion via PM with one of us to deal with any mitigating circumstances.
Good luck Hope!