Questions about my results
If you are unhappy with any of your grades, or the process that has led to the awarding of them, please read the relevant sections of this webpage. It may answer your questions and help inform your next steps.
I have received my awarded grades, so what next?
Try to confirm your next step as soon as possible. If you are not successful in your first choice then contact appropriate providers (sixth forms, colleges, universities or employers) as they may have different entry requirements and could still have places available.
How were the Centre-Assessment Grades formulated?
It is helpful to understand the processes that have taken place to arrive at the Centre-Assessment Grades:
- An initial judgement was made by the teacher(s), drawing on a range of evidence to give their best judgement as to the student’s most likely grade awarded, had they had taken the full series of exams.
- A student’s rank was provided from most secure to least secure within each grade, for each subject. As with the initial judgement, our teachers used a range of evidence to do this.
- Cohort analysis and moderation will have taken place within the centre to ensure that final grades submitted were not overly generous or harsh so to advantage/disadvantage groups of students.
No one element is less significant than the other and hence it is important to recognise that these are Centre Assessment Grades and not Teacher Assessment Grades.
The school has approached the process with the utmost diligence, following the guidelines set out by Ofqual, to ensure that we submit an overall set of grades that were both fair and objective in nature. This would ensure that the qualifications carry the same weight as previous years and would continue to do so in the future.
The full protocol document can be found here.
The Ofqual guidance documents can be found here.
I had been given a predicted grade in my report that was higher than my final awarded grade, how is this possible?
Throughout the key stage, students and parents would have received periodic reports about their child’s attainment represented with a Predicted Grade. This is the teacher’s best judgement of what a student could achieve in the subject.
This message is also typically summarised and reported to parents verbally during consultative evenings. Our teachers will always look to support our students, build confidence and hence there may be some element of aspiration or expectation that the student will continue to make progress to achieve the Predicted Grade. It is a best estimate of what a student could achieve with the right work ethic.
In short, the Predicted Grade is the grade of which a student could achieve if they perform at their best when sitting the full series of exams, which is different to the systematic awarding of a grade that is most likely to be achieved within the cohort (Centre-Assessment Grade).
What are the grounds for appeal?
As of the 19th August, it remains the case that a Centre Assessment Grade and/or rank within a cohort cannot be the subject of an appeal. The suggestion that an appeal can be based on mock results or other assessment taken during the duration of study seems to have been removed.
Students may ask the school to check whether it made a mistake when submitting your centre assessment grade(s) or the position in the rank order(s). If this is the case, we can submit an appeal on the student’s behalf.
Schools may appeal if they believe an exam board made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade.
If you believe that you have grounds for an appeal, given the information above, please in the first instance direct your enquiry to email@example.com.
Please note that appeals may only be submitted by us as a school, and not by students directly.
If I do not have the grounds for an appeal and I am still unhappy with my result, what can I do?
If the data is correct and you are still unhappy with your results, after careful consideration you might choose to sit the exam in October (A Level) or November (GCSE) 2020, or in the summer of 2021. If you choose to do this, you will keep the better of the two grades, so you do not sacrifice your awarded grade this summer. Any decision to re-sit an exam needs to be communicated to the exams team prior to 1st September 2020 to help us plan accordingly and make the necessary exam entries ahead of the exam board deadlines.