26th July, 2021

JCQ Update on A level and GCSE Results and Appeals 2021

Dear Students and Parents/Carers,
I am updating the information that was sent on 1st July 2021 about the JCQ guidance on A level and GCSE results and appeals 2021 to include the JCQ Trinity Centre Policy document. You now have available on the website the key documents about the A level and GCSE results and appeals process:
A reminder that the A level/BTEC results day is Tuesday 10th August 2021, and the GCSE results day is on Thursday 12th August. Further details about these results days will be released shortly.

 

Yours sincerely
A Brennan

Dear Student and Parents,

GCSE and A-Level Results 2021

We are writing to update you about results days in August 2021. This information is for all students who have completed A Levels, GCSEs, BTECs and other vocational courses. We appreciate that this has been an exceptionally challenging time for you all since the onset of the pandemic. We are sure that you will join with us in thanking all your teaching and support staff in our schools for all their hard work with the Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs)

The national results days are:

  • 10 August for all A Level, AS and other Level 3 courses including BTEC
  • 12 August for all GCSEs and other Level 2 courses including BTEC

We are hoping to be able to run our results days as normal whereby students will arrive in school to receive their CAGs, and staff will be available to offer guidance and further assistance. However, such arrangements are dependent upon the current social distancing restrictions that may still be in place and the school will publish details about the results day arrangements when the local and national picture becomes clearer.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has now published information for all candidates on the appeals process for 2021. We have shared some aspects of this guidance information on the reverse of this letter. Appeals paperwork will be available via our school website prior to the release of outcome grades to students. You can also access the full guidance directly from JCQ: https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/JCQ_Appeals-Guidance_Summer-2021.pdf

We would strongly advise all students to read the information on the reverse of this letter. This information details the three possible outcomes of any appeal and if submitting an appeal, students will have to sign their consent in accepting one of the following outcomes below:

  • An awarded grade can be lowered
  • An awarded grade can stay the same
  • An awarded grade can be raised

In the first stage of appeals JCQ has stated that all students must appeal to their centre (school). Prior to the release of results, we will publish the appeals form on our website for any student who wishes to appeal. In the event of an appeal, this must be completed and submitted to the school. Below is also a link to the appeals form we will be putting on our website:

JCQ Appeals Guidance Summer 2021 Appendix B

The appeal form should initially be emailed or handed in to the school’s examinations officer Mrs. J. Pinnington at j.pinnington@trinity.nottingham.sch.uk, and members of SLT will be in school to help process the appeal. We will also publish information for any students who wish to appeal BTEC outcomes. Some students in Year 13 will be eligible for a priority appeals service; more information, including the deadline dates, are included on the reverse of this letter.

We are pleased to confirm that Ofqual have now published information stating that there will be an autumn exam series in 2021 for students who were entered for subjects in Summer 2021. This will cover all GCSEs, A Levels and some AS subjects. Details are available from the Ofqual website. Arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level exams in autumn 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk) Schools will share more detailed information following the publication of results.

The government’s decision to cancel the public examinations this summer has presented unprecedented challenges to all within our school community, but we believe that the system used to process the CAGs was consistent, fair and robust, and that the grades awarded for your child accurately reflect their attainment and progress. We would urge you once again to read through the documentation regarding an appeal, and it is imperative for you to understand that the awarded grade may be lowered and from this position there are no grounds for a further appeal to the examination board.

Yours sincerely

Chris Maher
Director of performance and Standard
OLoL CMAT

Matt Shenton
Headteacher
The Trinity Catholic School