GCSE appeals process

If you request a centre review or an awarding organisation appeal, there are three possible outcomes:

• Your original grade is lowered, so your final grade will be lower than the original grade you received.

• Your original grade is confirmed, so there is no change to your grade.

• Your original grade is raised, so your final grade will be higher than the original grade you received.

Once a finding has been made you cannot withdraw your request for a centre review or appeal. If

your grade has been lowered you will not be able to revert back to the original grade you received

on results day.

Stage 1 – Centre Review

If you appeal a grade(s) you have been awarded in a subject(s) you must submit a ‘Stage one – centre’ review form and email it to ssimpson@northstartrust.org.uk by 3rd September 2021.  The form that you need to complete is on Page 2 of the ‘Appeals Guidance and forms to be completed’. Please see box below.

Once the school receives your request they will have 7 working days to review the subject portfolio and invite you to a face to face meeting at the school.  

You will need to attend the meeting at the time indicated by the school.

During the meeting, the school will show you your portfolio and explain to you how the GCSE grade was decided.

They will also complete a Centre Review outcome form (Page 3 of the ‘Appeals Guidance and forms to be completed’) which you will also be emailed.

Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of your Stage 1 review you must then complete Pages 3 and 4 of the ‘Appeals Guidance and forms to be completed’ which the school emailed you following the Stage 1 review and return it to  ssimpson@northstartrust.org.uk by 17rd September 2021.  The school will then submit this on your behalf to the awarding organisation. Please see box below for the forms.

The awarding organisation will aim to complete Stage 2 of the appeals within 42 calendar days of the receipt of the application.

Please note that awarding organisations will NOT accept appeals directly from students or parents.  Appeals have to follow stage 1 and then the school will submit the stage 2 appeal on behalf of the student.

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