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Summer 2021 Exams: Key Information

Welcome to our Summer 2021 examinations information page.

Should you have any queries or wish to speak to someone regarding arrangements for Summer 2021, please contact the academy at

Guidance for students, parents & carers and the Centre Policy

The JCQ have published a guide for students, parents and carers on the Summer 2021 examination arrangements and this can be found here.

We have in place a Centre Policy for our Teacher Assessed Grades process for Summer 2021. This can be accessed by clicking here.

Our Centre Policy for Summer 2021 should be read alongside our usual Non-Examinated Assessment (NEA) and vocational assessment policies. The Summer 2021 Centre Policy provides an update to these policies for this summer's process. 

For Year 11, we hosted an online virtual information evening took place for parents, carers and students on Wednesday 17th March 2021.

A copy of a letter we sent via MCAS to all Y11/Y13 students, parents and carers on 17th May 2021 can be found by clicking here

We also sent a letter via MCAS to all Y11/Y13 students, parents and carers on 20th May 2021 regarding special consideration and mitigating circumstances for Summer 2021 qualifications. This can be found by clicking here.

Concerns about results and appeals

When students receive their results, if they think that a grade is wrong their first step should be to speak to their Head of Year or any member of senior team for advice. 

We have setup a dedicated FAQ webpage here.

Students should consider carefully if appealing is the right course of action. An appeal will only be successful if either an error is found or the grade awarded or the selection of evidence are found to be an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement. The exam boards will not be able to consider appeals that are based solely on differences of opinion. If students want to improve their grade they might want to consider entering for the autumn exam series. The JCQ have produced a support guide for students available here

Stage 1 Appeal

If a student thinks a grade is incorrect and an error has been made when they receive their results, they should speak to their Head of Year or any member of the Senior Team in the first instance. 

Students can request a centre review (Stage 1 Appeal, please complete the form below) – an internal review by the academy - so we can check for any errors. Students should be aware that on appeal, grades could go up, down, or stay the same and the exam board’s decision will be final.

Stage 2 Appeal

A stage 2 appeal cannot take place if a Stage 1 appeal hasn't been completed. If a student still thinks their grade is incorrect after the academy has checked it in a Stage 1 appeal, they can ask us to appeal to the exam board (Stage 2 Appeal, please complete form below). Students should be aware that on appeal, grades could go up, down, or stay the same and the exam board’s decision will be final.

Priority and non-priority appeals

There are priority and non-priority appeal routes. Priority appeals are only for 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 result. All other appeals must follow the non -priority route.

Deadlines and submitting an appeal request

Students should submit a request for a centre review by 16 August 2021 for a priority appeal, or by 3 September 2021 for non-priority appeals using the downloadable forms below and submitting to our dedicated appeals email address.

If a student requests a Stage 1 (centre review) or Stage 2 (exam board appeal), there are a range of possible outcomes:

  • Their original grade is changed, so their final grade will be different than the original grade they received. Their grade can go up or down.

  • Their original grade is confirmed, so there is no change to their grade.

Once a finding has been made, students cannot withdraw their request for a centre review or appeal. If their grade has been lowered, the student will not be able to revert back to the original grade they received on results day.

Once students have received the outcome of a Stage 1 appeal (centre review), if they wish to request a Stage 2 appeal (exam board appeal) they should do so as soon as possible. Stage 2 appeals must be received by 20th August for a priority Stage 2 appeal or 15th September for non-priority Stage 2 appeal. 

Student request appeals form download PDF / Microsoft Word

Email completed student request appeals forms to

Exam certificates

Certificates, when received from the awarding organisations, will be available for collection from the academy. Notification that they are ready for collection will be published on our website here as well as being on our social media accounts. It is likely to be a few months between the results days and the certificates being available.

Ofqual and exam board guidance for Summer 2021

Ofqual have published details of how exam boards and schools should award qualifications this summer.

Below are links to relevant webpages that detail what Ofqual and exam boards have provided to the academy for this summer: