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Below is a list of courses offered at key stage 4 and links to exam board specification documents for more information.

Summer Exams 2021

In January 2021, the Government cancelled the 2021 summer exam series. The DfE and Ofqual asked teachers to provide pupils with teacher assessed grades (TAGs) based on the standard they were working at by June 2021. This meant grading pupils on what they knew, understood and could do by this time.  Teachers were not able to judge pupil’s potential or predict grades – it had to be based on the evidence teachers collected from the pupils over the course of their study. 

The full details on the Summer Exams 2021 can be found on the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) website. To find out more please view the school's Centre Policy and Assessment Record.

The TAG process is now complete and grades have been submitted to the appropriate awarding bodies ready for pupils to receive them on results day. Pupils and parents CANNOT find out teacher assessed grades before results day. If pupils or parents ask the school or teachers for their grades, or to be given high grades, this is MALPRACTICE.  The school is required to report this to the exam boards.

Results day will still take place on Thursday 12th August 2021.

Once results are published, please check here for guidance for students to confirm their post-16 applications.

More information about arrangements for results day and appeals was sent to parents. Please see copies of these letters below.

  • Appeals

    Following their results, students are able to appeal if they believe there has been an error in the grading process.

    All students have the opportunity to appeal their grade if they meet the eligibility criteria (see below). It is important to note that an appeal may result in a grade being lowered, staying the same, or going up. So if a student puts in an appeal and their grade is lowered, they will receive the lower grade and this cannot be reverted. There is also the option to resit GCSEs in the autumn, which may be preferable for some students. The design, content and assessment of these papers will be the same as in a normal year.

    Full details of the appeals process have been published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) here. The appeals process for exams in the Summer 2021 exam series has two stages:

    Stage 1 – Centre Review

    A Stage 1 - Centre Review for a TAG can be requested by a student if they suspect there was either:

    1. An administrative error by the centre e.g. the wrong grade/mark was recorded against the evidence or the wrong grade was sent to the awarding body.

    And/or

    2. A procedural error by the centre e.g. a reasonable adjustment or access arrangement was not provided for an eligible student.

    The deadline to submit a Stage 1 – Centre Review is Wednesday 1st September 

    Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation

    Students can only request an appeal to the awarding organisation following receipt of the outcome of their Stage 1 – Centre Review.

    Following the outcome of their Stage 1 – Centre Review, a Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation can be made if the student suspects there was:

    1. An administrative error by the centre e.g. the wrong grade/mark was recorded against the evidence or the wrong grade was sent to the awarding body.
    2. A procedural error by the centre e.g. a reasonable adjustment or access arrangement was not provided for an eligible student.
    3. Their grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement e.g. the evidence selected to determine the grade was inappropriate or the evidence was incorrectly used to determine the grade.

    The deadline to submit a Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation is Wednesday 8th September

    How to submit an appeal

    To submit an appeal, please read the school’s full appeals procedure in our Centre Policy here and download the JCQ's appeals form here.

    Students must send the completed form to col-exams@cap.education (preferably from their school email address). Please provide a contact phone number in the email as we will call to check that the student has submitted the appeal before proceeding. WE WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR APPEAL UNTIL WE HAVE CONFIRMED YOU HAVE MADE THE APPEAL SO IT IS VITAL YOU INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER.