Curriculum

GCSE Grade Appeals

GCSE results may not be what students were hoping for however the school advises students and parents to urgently secure a place at a college or sixth form and try to move on to the next education stage .

Regarding appeals, it is important to understand what options are open to students and their parents, and to the school. The following points for students may answer many queries now:

  1. You can ask the school to check whether it made an administrative error when submitting information to the exam board. Administrative errors might include, for example, mixing up 2 students with similar names, or accidentally copying across the wrong data, but do not relate to the professional judgements of centres in assigning CAGs. If you’re the school finds it made a mistake in the information it provided it can ask the exam board to correct it.
  2. The school can appeal to the exam board on your behalf if it believes the exam board made a mistake when it communicated your grades.
  3. You cannot challenge the school under the appeals process on the centre assessment grades it submitted or your rank order positions. Any appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than your teachers to judge your likely grade if exams had taken place. In the unique circumstances of this summer, and Ofqual does not believe there is such a person.
  4. You cannot appeal because your mock result was higher than the grade you were awarded. Your mock grade will have been taken into account in determining your centre assessment grade. You have received your centre assessment grade or your calculated grade (whichever was higher).

Students and their families should read carefully the covering letter from Ms Higgins and Mr Cross that was in the envelope accompanying 2020 results.

Additionally, Ofqual released further guidance for students on 19th August 2020.  This 15-page booklet can be found by accessing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-guide-to-post-16-qualification-results-summer-2020

Please read this information carefully when considering the basis of any appeal whilst bearing in mind the four points above that will apply in all cases.  Appeal enquiries should be sent to [email protected]

Finally, students that remain unhappy with their GCSE grades may take GCSE exams in the special autumn exam series in early November 2020 back at the school – deadline for entry to the school - 11th September 2020 by email [email protected].

We give all our GCSE graduating students our best wishes and good luck for the future.