GCSE  Exam Results 2021 Appeals Information 


Teacher Assessed Grades

Academy 360 has determined and submitted a teacher assessed grade in accordance with the JCQ guidance and has submitted these grades to the relevant awarding organisation.

As previously communicated, teacher assessed grade submitted was based on a range of evidence, including any work you completed in class, non-examination assessment such as coursework, any prior exam or tier of entry result, and your general performance during the course. All students were made aware of the evidence which would be used by each subject to determine their grade, which was also communicated to parents. A copy of this information can be found via the relevant link below.

For the reason of fairness, awarding bodies have looked to implement a quality assurance and standardisation process, including requesting samples of work, to ensure grading standards are consistent across all centres. This may mean that the final grades candidates receive may be different to the teacher assessed grade Academy 360 submitted.

For further information, please follow the link to Ofqual’s Student guide to awarding: summer 2021 .

Exams 2021 – Appeals Process

If you wish to appeal your grade in any particular subject, please read through the information below and carefully consider your grounds for appeal. When appealing your grade, you should be aware that it is possible for your grade to go down as well as up, or indeed it may remain the same following the completion of the appeal.

A reminder your grade was determined based on the evidence of work you produced which was identified by each subject area. An overview of which evidence was used for each subject area can be found by clicking the link below.

Teacher Assessed Grade – subject evidence overview

A link to the school’s Teacher Assessed Centre Policy can also be found on the link below.

Teacher Assessed Grade – Academy 360 Centre Policy

Important information for students

What may happen to your grade during the centre review and appeals process?

If you request a centre review or an awarding organisation appeal there are three possible outcomes:

  • Your original grade is lowered, so your final grade will be lower than the original grade you received.
  • Your original grade is confirmed, so there is no change to your grade.
  • Your original grade is raised, so your final grade will be higher than the original grade you received.

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.

What will be checked during a centre review?

You can ask the centre to check whether it made a procedural error, an administrative error, or both. A procedural error means a failure to follow the process set out in the centre policy. An administrative error means an error in recording your grade or submitting your grade to the awarding organisation. 

You must request a centre review before you can request an awarding organisation appeal. This is so the awarding organisation is certain that your grade is as the centre intended.

What will be checked during an awarding organisation appeal?

You can ask the awarding organisation to check whether the centre made a procedural or administrative error – or whether the awarding organisation itself made an administrative error. You can also ask the awarding organisation to check whether the academic judgement of the centre was unreasonable, either in the selection of evidence or the determination of your grade.

When do I need to submit my request?

You should submit a request for a centre review by 3 September 2021.

Once you have received the outcome of your centre review, if you wish to request an awarding organisation appeal you should do so as soon as possible. Your school or college will submit this on your behalf. Requests for appeals should be submitted by 17 September 2021

To request a centre review, simply email  examhelpdesk@academy360.co.uk stating FAO Exams Office in the subject line. Please include the following details in the main body of the email:

  • Student Name
  • Candidate Number
  • Subject / Qualification title (e.g. AQA GCSE English Language)
  • Teacher Assessed Grade issued

The school will then make the necessary administrative and procedural checks in-school and contact you with the result of the checks and discuss the next steps with you.

Any appeal must be submitted by 3 September 2021. We will be working through any appeals from w/c 6th September.