Academic

Appeals for Summer Exams 2021

Full details of the appeals process have been published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).  The JCQ has published a helpful short document for students explaining the process. There is a slightly longer document with more detail and example case studies also available.  

Should students wish to make an appeal the steps they must take are outlined below, with all key documentation linked at the bottom of this page. 

 

Appeals process 

All students have the opportunity to appeal their grade if they meet the eligibility criteria (see below). 

It is important to note that an appeal may result in a grade being lowered, staying the same, or going up. So if a student puts in an appeal and their grade is lowered, they will receive the lower grade and this cannot be reverted. 

There is also the option to re-sit GCSEs, A Levels and some AS Levels in the autumn, which may be preferable for some students. The design, content and assessment of these papers will be the same as in a normal year. 

Following their results, students are able to appeal if they believe there has been an error in the grading process. The appeals process for exams in the Summer 2021 exam series has two stages: 

•         Stage 1 – Centre Review 

•         Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation 

 

STAGE 1 – Centre Review 

A Stage 1 – Centre Review for a TAG can be requested by a student if they suspect there was either: 

  1. An administrative error by the centre e.g. the wrong grade/mark was recorded against the evidence or the wrong grade was sent to the awarding body. 
    And/or 
  2. A procedural error by the centre e.g. a reasonable adjustment or access arrangement was not provided for an eligible student. 

 

Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation 

Students can only request an appeal to the awarding organisation following receipt of the outcome of their Stage 1 – Centre Review. 

Following the outcome of their Stage 1 – Centre Review, a Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation can be made if the student suspects there was: 

  1. An administrative error by the centre e.g. the wrong grade/mark was recorded against the evidence or the wrong grade was sent to the awarding body. 
  2. A procedural error by the centre e.g. a reasonable adjustment or access arrangement was not provided for an eligible student. 
  3. Their grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement e.g. the evidence selected to determine the grade was inappropriate or the evidence was incorrectly used to determine the grade. 

 

How to submit an appeal 

To submit an appeal, students will need to complete an appeals form. Please email the completed form to the Examinations Officer, Mrs Lewis, at the following address: alewis@twgsboys.kent.sch.uk.

An acknowledgement email will be sent within two working days of receipt of the request, to confirm that we are processing your appeal. 

 

Appeals deadlines 

Deadlines to submit a Stage 1 – Centre Review: 

  • Thursday 12th August for Priority Appeals (Year 13 dependent on outcome for university place) 

  • Wednesday 1st September for all other appeals (Years 9–12) 

Deadlines to submit a Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation: 

  • Wednesday 18th August for Priority Appeals (Year 13 dependent on outcome for university place). Please note that the student must provide their UCAS Personal ID e.g. 123-456-7890 for the request to be processed. 

  • Wednesday 8th September for all other appeals (Years 9–12) 

 

Additional information 

Students are strongly advised to speak to a member of staff before making an appeal.