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2021 GCSE Results Appeals

Exam Appeals

Earlier this year, the government announced that students would not take formal GCSE exams this summer and will instead be awarded grades determined by their teachers' judgements, based on a range of evidence including mock exams, coursework, in class assessments and any other relevant information.

We have taken multiple steps to make sure these grades reflect students’ performance. Our teachers have received clear guidance and support with grading and making objective decisions to enable grades to be fair. Our Centre Policy is on our website.

There is also a rigorous system to ensure fairness in place, including checks in schools and colleges, and by awarding organisations.

If you think an error has been made in the grade awarded, an appeals system is in place as a safety net for exceptional circumstances, and to fix any genuine errors that were not identified earlier in the process.

If you think a grade is incorrect when you receive the results, please contact Mr Burchett ( in the first instance and request a centre review – an internal review by us - so we can check for any administrative errors.

You will need to complete and submit, section “Stage one - Centre Review, A. Student request ” in the form “JCQ_Appeals-Guidance_Summer-2021_Appendix-B.pdf” which can be downloaded from the list of files below. This will lead to an internal review and the result of this will be passed on to you. If you cannot fit your explanation for requesting an appeal in the section provided please feel free to do it in a separate document. 

If you still think the grade is incorrect after we have reviewed it, you can ask us to escalate your appeal to the awarding organisation. You should be aware that on appeal, grades could go up, down, or stay the same and the awarding organisation’s decision will be final. In this case you will need to complete the “Stage two – appeal to awarding organisation” section. 

You should consider carefully if appealing is the right course of action for you. An appeal will only be successful if either an error is found in the administrative process or the grade awarded, or selection of evidence, is found to be an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement.

The exam boards will not be able to consider appeals that are based solely on differences of opinion.

Once a finding has been made you cannot withdraw your request for a centre review or appeal. If the grade has been lowered, you will not be able to revert to the original grade you received on results day.

You must submit a request for a stage one centre review by 3 September 2021.

Once you have received the outcome of your centre review, if you wish to request a stage two awarding organisation appeal you must do so as soon as possible and before 16 September l in order to ensure that we are able to submit these within the exam Board deadline.

Ofqual 2020 Exam Announcement

A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer

I understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you are urgently waiting for news. I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades. Our over-riding aim in this is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.

How will grades be calculated?

Your school will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

•    the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams            had happened as planned

•   within each subject, the order of students at your school or college,by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the     standard applied across schools and colleges

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be
different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.

Do I need to complete any new work for my school/college to submit
a grade?

Your school or college is not required to set additional mock exams or
homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be
disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work
given out after schools were closed.

Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me?

No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or
anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be
sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of
students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.

I am a private candidate – what does this mean for me?

If you are a private candidate (for example, home-schooled, following
distance-learning programmes or studying independently) the centre you
are entering with should include you where the head teacher or principal is
confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of your
achievement to make an objective judgement. We are urgently exploring
whether there are alternative options for those students who do not have
an existing relationship with a centre and who need results this summer to
progress. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be possible for all private
candidates, some of whom may instead need to take exams in the autumn
to get their grades.

We appreciate that this is a matter of real concern to private candidates
and will provide an update as soon as possible. We have asked
organisations that represent universities and FE colleges to consider the
steps that providers could take when making admissions decisions this
summer for any private candidates who do not receive a grade. They have
told us that they believe that institutions will consider a range of other
evidence and information for these students to allow them to progress
wherever possible.

When will I get my results?

We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t
be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they
will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need.

Can I take my exams another time?

We are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn
term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in
the coming weeks.

The information we have published covers GCSEs, AS and A levels, plus
Extended Project Qualifications and Additional Extension Awards in maths.
You can find out more about which qualifications and students are
included, and the current arrangements for those which are not, in our
detailed guidance; along with answers to other questions that you and your
parents or carers might have. We will keep updating our guidance as new 
information becomes available, including to share details about vocational
and technical qualifications as soon as we can, so please keep an eye on
our website.

Please be reassured that the grades you get this summer will look exactly
the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with
universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward in your
lives as planned.