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Teacher Assessed Grades 2021

This year, students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers. Teachers will use a range of evidence to determine these grades and pupils will only be assessed on what they have been taught.

We have produced a video and centre policy to outline the Academy approach to awarding grades this summer. The centre policy includes the measures we have taken to ensure grades awarded are consistent, fair and objective.

Please click on the link below to view our Centre Policy.

Centre Policy 2021

Ofqual, the exam regulator, has also provided guidance for students and parents. This includes an infographic, timeline and details about when students will receive their results.

JCQ Guidance

Student Guide to awarding in Summer

Please click on the expandable sections below for important information including the Baskets of Evidence for KS4 & 5, the Appeals process and Results days.

Basket of Evidence - Key Stage 4

Each subject has carefully selected evidence which is considered to be the fairest representation of the student’s performance. The evidence detailed in the documents below will be used when making judgements about the final award of grades.


GCSE Biology

GCSE Business

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Computing

GCSE Design Technology

GCSE Drama

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

GCSE French

GCSE Geography

GCSE History

GCSE Maths

GCSE Media

GCSE Music

GCSE Panjabi


GCSE Physics


GCSE Science Trilogy

GCSE Spanish


BTEC Health & Social Care

BTEC Sport

Basket of Evidence - Key Stage 5

Results Days

We are looking forward to welcoming students into the Academy to collect their results in August. Due to social distancing measures, an appointment-based system will be implemented, further information about this has been communicated via email. Results will be issued on the following days:


Qualification type


GCE (AS, A Levels, BTECs and Cambridge Technical)


GCSE and Level 1/2 BTEC.


It is important to note that the appeals process can result in grades being changed. Students should be aware that grades can go up or down. This year, JCQ has stated that the grades students receive on appeal will be final – if it is reduced, this is their final grade. There will be a full suite of GCSE and A-Level exams in the autumn term. If students choose to take these exams instead of appealing, they will receive the highest grade from either the exam or the TAG.

The JCQ has published guidance on the appeals process which must be read carefully if you are considering an appeal.

JCQ Appeals Guidance - Summer 2021

The arrangements for awarding grades included rigorous internal and external quality assurance measures to ensure students are issued with fair and consistent grades that have been objectively reached.

We are very confident in the grades we submitted to the exam boards because we:

  • ensured an effective Centre Policy was in place and adhered to by all centre staff involved in the determination of teacher assessed grades
  • implemented a high standard of internal quality assurance and checked for administrative or procedural errors
  • ensured that access arrangements were in place for all assessments contributing to the ‘Basket of Evidence’
  • requested information from parents and staff for students that may have been disadvantaged during an assessment due to injury, illness or other indisposition. We then applied an adjustment to the candidates mark or grade to reflect this (Special Consideration) in line with JCQ guidelines
  • communicated our approach to awarding grades including the ‘Basket of Evidence’ for each subject with students and parents prior to submitting the grades

These steps should minimise the number of instances in which students need to appeal, however every student has the right to appeal their grade(s) if they wish and there are four main grounds for appeal.

Grounds for Appeal

  • Stage 1 Centre Review - you think we have made an administrative error: an example of this would be putting the wrong information into a spreadsheet.
  • Stage 1 Centre Review - you think we have made a procedural error: this means we haven’t properly followed our own process, as approved by the exam board. An example of this would be where you’ve been told you should have received extra time for assessments, but this wasn’t given in a certain subject.
  • Stage 2 Awarding Organisation Appeal - you think the academic judgement on the selection of evidence was unreasonable: you think the evidence used to grade you was not reasonable.
  • Stage 2 Awarding Organisation Appeal - you think the academic judgement on the grade you were given was unreasonable.

All appeals, on any of the grounds above, must first go through a centre review. Appeals from candidates directly to exam boards will not be accepted.

Priority Appeals

Students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice (i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice) and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification will be considered for a priority appeal.

Priority appeals are not offered to students without a confirmed conditional offer. If you are going to appeal your grade, you must let your university know you are doing this.

Appeal Deadlines

Deadlines for submitting requests are as follow:

Priority appeal

  • 16 August 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 1 – centre review
  • 23 August 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

Non-priority appeal – for any A levels, GCSEs or vocational qualifications, where a firm or insurance university place is not pending.

  • 3 September 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 1 – centre review
  • 17 September 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

How to Appeal

  1. A student who believes they have been given a grade incorrectly should read the JCQ guidance on the appeals process and the essential reading document below.
  2. The student should then complete the Stage 1 Centre Review Application form below and return it by email to
  3. If you require individual assessment marks to decide whether an appeal is appropriate then contact with ‘Request for assessment marks’ in the subject line.
  4. The Academy will conduct a centre review and inform the student of the outcome.
  5. If we identify an error, we will submit a revised grade to the exam board along with its rationale for the change. This will be considered by the exam board and if they agree with the change a new grade will be issued.
  6. If the school does not feel an error has been made, we will contact the student and inform them of this.
  7. If the student wishes they can then ask the school to go to stage 2 and move to an awarding organisation appeal. To do this the student must complete the Stage 2 Appeal to Awarding Organisation Application form below and return it to
  8. The school will submit the students appeal along with any relevant evidence
  9. The exam board will consider if a change to the grade is supported based on the evidence submitted and inform the student and the school of its findings.

Appeal Documents

Autumn Exams

Like last year, an autumn series of exams will be available for students who would like an opportunity to improve on their teacher assessed grades. These exams will be in the same format as those in a normal exam series in terms of the number, length, structure and content. The deadlines to enter for these exams are:

  • Monday 6 September for A/AS levels. The exams will run for 3 weeks from Monday 5 October to Friday 23 October.
  • Friday 1 October for GCSEs. The exams will run for 3 weeks from Monday 2 November to Monday 23 November.

On results day we will provide students with information on how to enter for the autumn series. There is no charge for these entries.

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