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Exam Information

 Students wishing to appeal their 2021 GCSE grade awarded will need to go through a two stage process as detailed below.

Stage 1 – Centre review

Where a student feels they have been given an incorrect grade, an appeal can be made. This must be submitted to the centre via email outlining the reasons for appeal. In this case we will check:

  • Whether an administrative error has been made i.e. the wrong grade was submitted to the exam board.

  • That the procedure was followed correctly i.e. was the centre policy for awarding grades adhered to.

Stage 2 – Appeal to the exam board

Where a student still believes they do not have the correct grade after the centre review is complete they can ask the centre to appeal to the exam board who will then review whether:

  • The centre made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence and/or in the determination of the grade from that evidence.

  • The centre did not apply the procedure correctly i.e. the centre policy was not followed.

  • The exam board made an administrative error i.e. they changed your grade during the processing of grades.

It is important to note that if an appeal is made to the exam board and the evidence used to determine a grade is sampled and moderated, there is the possibility that the exam board can adjust a grade up or down.

At both stages of this process, using the proforma to be provided, the appeal will need to be submitted to the centre via email to examoffice@priestlands.hants.sch.uk or by hand detailing the reason for appeal and providing consent for the school to conduct an appeal and/or submit it to the exam board on the student’s behalf.

The timeline for the appeals process is detailed below.  Any appeal requests submitted past the deadline will not be able to be processed.

Stage 1

12th August - 18th August – Students request a centre review

19th August -  Centre conducts centre review and informs students of the outcome and if requested submits an appeal to the exam board.

 Stage 2

10th – 17th September – Centre submits appeals to the exam board.

 Priestlands School Appeal Form 2021 

Priestlands School Celebrates GCSE Results
12th August 2021

There was much to celebrate as Priestlands students received their GCSE exam results. Headteacher Peter Main said, “Seeing our students again to celebrate their success was a real pleasure. This particular cohort have been on a real rollercoaster throughout their GCSE course and it has been remarkable how they have adapted and applied themselves. They have worked incredibly hard and we are very proud of them.”

Schools, students and staff across the country had to come to terms with exams being cancelled again and a new system for awarding GCSE grades.
Across the New Forest and Hampshire schools have collaborated to ensure students have received consistent support and will be able to successfully move to the next phase of their education.

Centres have followed a detailed process to ensure assessments reflect the learning completed by students over the GCSE course and that centre assessed grades (CAGs) are fair and robust. Since March, school staff worked diligently to provide and validate grades for their students as fairly and accurately as possible based on the government guidance at the time. Because of the unique set of circumstances headline figures will not be published this year and the government has recognised the league tables are not appropriate.
What is important now is that the GCSE grades that this year’s cohort have received allows each and every student to look towards the future and access their Post 16 plans in order to limit the impact that the pandemic has had on this group of young people.

We are pleased we were able to recognise the incredible hard work and progress of our students in the outcomes they achieved and we wish them well for the next phase of their education.

Last update: 2022-03-01

GCSEs and Emotional Health

Exams are important, but so is your mental health.  These guides may help you maintain the right balance:

Looking after yourself during GCSEs: Student Guide

Emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs: Parents

Emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs: Teachers