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APPEALS

Teacher Assessed Grades

We understand that you may have questions regarding your results, and we would advise that you take a look at Ofqual’s Student guide to awarding: summer 2021 to find frequently asked questions about your results, autumn exams and appeals.

Click here for the student guide to awarding

You can download our policy on the determination of teacher assessed grades for summer 2021 below.

If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you will have a right to appeal.

It has now been confirmed that there will be two stages to the appeals process:

  • Stage 1 - centre review
  • Stage 2 - appeal to the awarding organisation

Greenshaw High School will support students through the centre review and awarding organisation appeals process.

Stage 1: centre review

This is the first stage of the appeals process. If you don’t think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can submit a request for a centre review based on the grounds of:

  • an administrative error or
  • a procedural error

To request for a centre review you will need to submit the JCQ appeal form to the school. You can download the form at the bottom of this page. Completed forms must then be emailed to exams@greenshaw.co.uk

It’s important to remember that the outcome of the centre review may result in your grade being lowered, remaining the same or raised.

On completion of the review the school will complete Section B: Centre review outcome of the form and share with you as a record of the outcome in sufficient time prior to the relevant appeal to awarding organisation deadline.

If an administrative or procedural error is found, the school will submit a request to the awarding organisation to correct the error and amend the grade without the need to submit an appeal to the awarding organisation (Stage 2).

If, after the centre review, you still wish to appeal your grade, you may want to consider Stage 2. Requests for appeals on the grounds of academic judgement will only be considered by awarding organisations (at Stage 2) and not by the school. In these cases, an initial centre review must still be completed to ensure that the school has not made any procedural or administrative errors. The school will not review its academic judgements during the centre review stage.

Stage 2: Appeal to the exam board

A centre review (Stage 1) must be completed and an outcome reported to you before an appeal can be submitted to the awarding organisation. If you think there has been a procedural error, an administrative error or that your grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement, you may submit a request for an awarding organisation appeal, but only after you have received the outcome of your centre review and after the publication of results.

The grounds for a Stage 2 review are:

  • you believe the school did not apply a procedure correctly
  • the exam board made an administrative error
  • you believe the school made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement

To request for a Stage 2 review you will need to complete and submit the second section of the JCQ appeal form to the school. Click here to download the form. Completed forms must then be emailed to exams@greenshaw.co.uk

The school will then submit the appeal on your behalf according to the requirements of the awarding organisation to which it is being submitted. The awarding organisation will determine the grade and the outcome will be final.

It’s important to remember that the outcome of the appeal may result in your grade being lowered, remaining the same or raised.

Once received, the school will email the awarding organisation’s appeal outcome letter to you as soon as possible.

Once a finding has been made you cannot withdraw your request for a centre review or appeal. If your grade has been lowered, you will not be able to revert back to the original grade you received on results day. For more information please refer to the Department for Education’s blog:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/06/09/exam-appeals-what-can-i-do-if-i-think-my-grade-iswrong-how-do-i-appeal-what-will-happen-if-i-appeal-your-questions-answered/

You must not contact subject teachers to discuss your teacher assessed grades if you have concerns. To do so could jeopardise any future dialogue we would have with an exam board on behalf of students to review a grade.

Priority Appeals

A priority appeal is only for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice (i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice) and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result. You should inform your intended higher education provider that you have requested a centre review or appeal. You will need to provide in the request form(s) your UCAS personal ID code which is included in all correspondence from UCAS. This is needed to confirm that a student’s place is dependent on the outcome of the appeal.

If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the university you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer. You should also tell the school or college so they can ask the exam board to prioritise your appeal. A priority appeal is only for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice (i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice) and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result.

Deadlines to submit a request

Non-priority appeal

  • 3 September 2021 1pm - deadline for a student to request a Stage 1 - centre review
  • 17 September 2021 11am – deadline for a student to request a Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

Priority appeal

  • 13 August 2021 1pm – deadline for a student to request a Stage 1 - centre review
  • 23 August 2021 11am – deadline for a student/candidate to request a Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

Autumn Examinations

If you are unhappy with your result, you will be able to sit/resit the exam in an exam series being run in autumn this year. All subjects that would have been offered in the summer 2021 examinations will be offered this autumn. It has been confirmed by Ofqual that the centre which entered students in the summer should be responsible for entering them for these exams.

If you are thinking of sitting exams in the autumn you will need to download the Autumn Examinations Preliminary Form on FROG and send this back to the Exams Team at Greenshaw High School.