Exam Results Information
Arrangements for results days
GCE (AS, A Levels) and other Level 3 qualifications
GCSE and other Level 1/2 qualifications
Results can be collected from The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School from 08.30am. You will be guided to enter the school site through the car park and will receive your results in the school hall. Social distancing and a one-way system will be in place so there is expected to be a queue. There will be staff from the Senior Leadership Team, the Sixth Form Team, the Exams Team and Connexions to help support you with any enquiries. Year 13 can get support with UCAS or clearing related issues and Year 11 will be able to complete their enrolment for the Sixth Form.
If you cannot attend school on results day, you have the following options:
- You may nominate someone to collect the results on your behalf. Please email the exams officer on email@example.com with the name of your nominated person. The nominated person will need to bring in ID to confirm their identification.
- You may have the results posted to you. Please provide a stamped addressed envelope to the Exams Officer (Office B11).
- Results not collected on the day will be available to collect from reception from 11th August (A Levels) and 13th August (GCSEs). Reception will be open from 09:00 to 1:00pm.
- You may request results by email but they will not be available this way until 16th August (A Levels) and 19th August (GCSEs). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your Full Name, Date of Birth, Address and Name of Parent.
Teacher Assessed Grades
The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School has determined grades in accordance with the JCQ guidance and has submitted these grades to the relevant awarding organisation by the required deadline.
To support your understanding, please refer to Ofqual’s Student guide to awarding: summer 2021 which tells you how you will get your qualifications in summer 2021 and where you can get more information.
Concerns about your results
When you receive your results, if you think that a grade is wrong, your first step should be to speak to Ms Quigley or a member of the school’s Exams Team for advice. They will be in room B4 on results days.
In this discussion, you can:
- Check the sources of evidence used to determine your grade, and the grades associated with them
- Check the details of any variations in evidence used based on disruption to what you were taught
- Check the details of any special circumstances that have been considered in determining your grade, e.g. access arrangements/reasonable adjustments or mitigating circumstances such as illness
- Discuss how to apply for a Centre Review where the school will check to see whether an administrative or procedural error was made when submitting your Teacher Assessed Grades
- Discuss the second stage (after completion of a Centre Review) of how to appeal to the exam board if they made an administrative error or if you believe the grade awarded was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement
Further details of the arrangements for appeals are provided below.
Sitting exams in Autumn 2021
If you are unhappy with your results, you will be able to sit your A Levels or GCSEs in the autumn term. You should give thoughtful consideration to this and reflect on whether this is the best action for you.
The A Levels will be sat in October and the results will be available in January 2022 meaning that you are not likely to be able to attend university until autumn 2022.
The GCSEs will be sat in November and the results will be available in February 2022. This will be six months after you will have started your Sixth Form courses.
You will also need to think through how you will prepare for these exams as the school will, unfortunately, not be able to provide teaching or intervention support.
After careful deliberation, if you plan to take exams, please complete the Autumn 2021 Exam Entry Form attached and email it to email@example.com . The school’s deadlines for entries are 1st September for A levels and the 8th September for GCSEs.
Certificates will be available for collection from the school late in the autumn term. You will be contacted with a date to come into school to check the certificate details are correct and to sign for them.
If you are unable to collect the certificates in person, please complete the Certificate Collection Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The arrangements for appeals
There are two stages to the appeals process:
- Stage 1 - centre review
- Stage 2 - appeal to the awarding organisation
The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School will support its students through the centre review and awarding organisation appeals process.
The information below describes the arrangements in place at school for conducting a centre review and (where applicable) submitting an appeal to the awarding organisation following a centre review.
Stage 1 – Centre review
- If a student does not consider they have been issued with the correct grade, they can submit a request to the Exams Team to check if an administrative or procedural error has occurred
- The Exams Team will hand or email the student, a copy of the JCQ Student Request Form for Centre Reviews and Appeals. Then the student should complete section A including signature and date and return it to email@example.com.
- The outcome of the centre review may result in the student’s grade remaining the same, being lowered or raised
- On completion of the review the Exams Team will complete section B as a record of the outcome and return it to the student
- If an administrative or procedural error is found, the Exams Team will submit a request to the awarding organisation to correct the error and amend the grade without the need to submit an appeal to the awarding organisation
Stage 2 – Appeal to the awarding organisation
- An appeal to the awarding organisation will only be submitted if the first stage, centre review, has been completed and the outcome of the first stage has been issued to the student
- The awarding organisation will not be able to consider an appeal that is based solely on differences of opinion - if the student wants to improve their grade they may want to consider entering for the autumn exam series
- If the student believes there is still an error following the centre review, or if the awarding organisation has made an administrative error, or the student considers that the grade awarded was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement, the student can submit a request to the Exams Team to proceed with an appeal to the awarding organisation on their behalf
- To proceed, the student must complete the Stage two section of the form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- The Exams Team will then submit the appeal on the student’s behalf according to the requirements of the awarding organisation to which it is being submitted
- The awarding organisation will determine the grade at appeal and the outcome will be final
- The outcome of the appeal may result in the grade remaining the same, being lowered or raised
- There is no further opportunity to appeal the outcome to the awarding organisation
- The awarding organisation’s appeal outcome letter will be emailed to the student as soon as reasonably practical after the outcome letter from the awarding organisation is received in school
- Should the student still remain concerned their grade was incorrect, they may be able to apply for a procedural review
- The appeal outcome letter will include the next appropriate steps, where applicable, to apply for a procedural review to the Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS) at Ofqual
Note - 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. For more information please refer to the Department for Education’s blog https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/06/09/exam-appeals-what-can-i-do-if-i-think-my-grade-is-wrong-how-do-i-appeal-what-will-happen-if-i-appeal-your-questions-answered/
Deadlines to submit a request
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
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
- The Centre Policy for Summer 2021
- Autumn 2021 Exam Entry Form
- Certificate Collection Form
 A priority appeal is 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. You should inform your intended higher education provider that you have requested a centre review or appeal. You will need to provide in the request form(s) your UCAS personal ID code which is included in all correspondence from UCAS. This is needed to confirm that a student’s place is dependent on the outcome of the appeal. Priority appeals that aren’t submitted to the awarding organisation by 23 August 2021 will still be treated as a priority but they may not be completed in time for those with a higher education place dependent on the outcome of the appeal.