1) Am I correct in thinking that you can accept a school place at one school whilst appealing for another without jeopardising that acceptance?
Yes. In the case of Bucks, I think you can tick a box that says "I accept provisionally" (unless things have changed).
2) Is there a need to get the appeal in quick - is it first come first
served? (we are applying to the Royal Latin School in Buckingham)
No, just meet the deadline for the main batch of appeals. (You will be told how many weeks you have to get your form in.) You can, in fact, appeal at any time, but you might well be at a disadvantage if you come after the main batch of appeals.
3) are there any tips for what might swing an appeal in our favour or is it just a case of registering your interest and getting on a waiting list.
4) How do they compile the waiting list? Is there special criteria or does it depend on how quick you are to appeal?
Nothing to do with appeals - it's quite separate. The WL is drawn up based strictly on the oversubscription criteria. It can change from day to day, as people come off the list, while others ask to be added.
5) What kinds of grounds do people appeal on? We are trying to get DC into the nearest grammar however its not the nearest secondary school to our home. Can we appeal on grounds of proximity? Can we appeal on medical grounds? (our son has a severe nut allergy)
See the Q&As, section C. Medical reasons could be helpful, but you need show why this school would be the solution!
Hope this helps.