2021 School Assessed Grades: Appeals

 

 
 


If you are unhappy with your GCSE or A-Level School Assessed Grades you have the right to appeal.  

There are two stages to an appeal.  Stage 1 is called a centre review and stage 2 is called an appeal to the awarding organisation. 
 

 

   Stage 1:    Centre review     

          

If you request a centre review, we will check your grade(s) to see if there has been:

1.       An administrative error, for example, the wrong grade or mark has been recorded
          against an item of assessment evidence.

2.       A procedural error, for example, an access arrangement or reasonable adjustment
          was not provided for an eligible student. 

It is important that you understand the potential outcomes of a centre review.  Your grade may stay the same, be raised or be lowered.  When the review has been conducted and a change has been identified you will not be able to withdraw your request, meaning that if the review finds that the grade must be lowered then you will receive the lower grade.


If you would like to apply for a centre review you must:

►       Download and complete the JCQ Student Request Form. 

          Only complete the stage 1 section on pages 2 & 3.  We will accept electronic signatures.

 

►       Save the form with the following format for a file name:

-    Year group       First initial  Surname   Subject you are appealing  St1

      E.g.   11 J.Singh Biology St1        13 A.Smith History St1       14 H.Patel Spanish St1
 

►       Complete this Nonsuch Stage 1 MS Form, uploading the completed 
          JCQ centre review  form(s) in the relevant section.  To be able to access the files you have
          to use your school email address but you can provide an alternative email address for us to
          contact you on.

 

Please note that you will need to complete a separate JCQ centre review form for each of the subjects that you wish to appeal.  If you are appealing for more than one qualification you can upload the JCQ centre review forms onto the same Nonsuch MS Form.

When we have processed your review we will return the JCQ centre review form to you, informing you of the outcome.

             

 

 


    Stage 2:   Appeal to the awarding organisation   
                    

You can only appeal to the awarding organisation if you have first had a centre review.

All stage 2 appeals must be submitted to the awarding organisation by the school.  The grounds for appeal are:

1.       Administrative error by the awarding organisation.


2.       Procedural issue at the centre

          (a)  Procedural error
          (b)  Issues with access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and/or mitigating
                circumstances.


3.       Unreasonable exercise of academic judgement

          (a)  Selection of evidence
          (b)  Determination of grade


You will need to classify your appeal into one or more of the above grounds and provide a concise explanation of what you think went wrong and how you think this has impacted your grade.  If you are appealing under grounds 1, 2b and 3a you must provide this explanation for us to be able to send your appeal to the awarding organisation.  If you are appealing under grounds 2a or 3b you can choose whether or not to provide an explanation.

Again, it is important that you understand the potential outcomes of an appeal to the awarding organisation.  Your grade may stay the same, be raised or be lowered.  When the appeal has been conducted and a change has been identified you will not be able to withdraw your request, meaning that if the awarding organisation finds that your grade must be lowered then you will receive a lower grade.


If you would like the school to submit a stage 2 appeal:

►       Download and complete a new JCQ Student Request Form. 

          Only complete the stage 2 section on pages 4 & 5.  We will accept electronic signatures.

 

►       Save the form with the following format for a file name:

-    Year group       First initial  Surname   Subject you are appealing  St1

      E.g.   11 J.Singh Biology St1        13 A.Smith History St1       14 H.Patel Spanish St1
 

►       Complete this Nonsuch Stage 2 MS Form, uploading the completed 
          JCQ centre review form(s) in the relevant section.  Again, you must use your school email address
          to access this MS Form but you can provide another email address for us to contact you on.


We will email you when your stage 2 appeal has been submitted.  JCQ have informed us that they will aim to respond within 42 calendar days of receipt of appeal and have explained that they will aim to process priority appeals (see below) sooner than this.

                  

  Prioritising appeals  
        

As per the JCQ guidelines, we will prioritise appeals for students applying to higher education who did not attain the grades required for their firm choice.

All other appeals will be processed in the order in which we receive them.

Please follow the instructions laid out above very carefully.  Forms that are submitted partially incomplete or have been completed incorrectly will be prioritised in the order of when we first receive a correctly completed form.

          

  Deadlines  
           


To provide us with the necessary time to process your centre reviews and appeals to the awarding organisation you must meet the following deadlines:

Priority appeals

(Y13 students who did not attain firm choice)

Stage 1 deadline:

Thursday 12 August 

Stage 2 deadline:

This will be 2 calendar days after you have received your Stage 1 outcome.

Remaining Appeals

Stage 1 deadline:

Friday 3 September 

Stage 2 deadline:

This will be 2 calendar days after you have received your Stage 1 outcome.

            

  Further queries  
              

If you have further questions about the appeals process please refer back to the letter that we shared with students and parents in July.  It can also be found here.

If you have outstanding queries that cannot be answered, please email the exams office on: examappeals@nonsuchschool.org

Please note that we will deal with priority appeals first so if your query is linked to a priority appeal you must state this in the subject of the email.