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Appeals against Teacher Assessed Grades 2021

What to do if you think your grade is wrong

Every year there are students who are disappointed with the grade they achieve. If you’re disappointed with your grade you might consider whether you could sit exams in the autumn series to improve your grade.

If you are concerned that the grade you have received is wrong, there is an appeals process. If you appeal, your grade could go up, down, or stay the same. 

The unique appeals process 2021
There are two school appeal stages and application forms and deadline dates can be obtained from the exam office or you may email

Stage 1 Appeal
If you think your grade is wrong, you should first ask us to check whether we made a mistake in determining or submitting your grade. If we identify a mistake, we can submit a revised grade to the exam board to consider.

Stage 2 Appeal
If we don’t identify an error but you still believe that your grade is wrong, you can ask us to submit a formal appeal to the exam board for you.

You may appeal for any of the following reasons:

  • there was an error in the way we followed or applied our procedure for determining your teacher assessed grade;
  • The awarding organisation made an administrative error in relation to the result
  • we did not make a reasonable judgement when deciding which evidence to use to determine your teacher assessed grade, nor did we not make a reasonable judgement about your grade based on the evidence gathered.

The exam board will consider whether we followed our written process, and review the evidence your grade was based on.

The exam board will consider if your grade needs correcting. They may do this if they believe your grade is not a reasonable judgement or they find a mistake in the procedure which affected your grade. A corrected grade could be higher or lower than the grade you were given on results day.

The final route of appeal is Ofqual’s Exam Procedure Review Service (EPRS). You can apply to EPRS if the exam board decides that the grade you were awarded is reasonable, and your school or college correctly followed its procedure, but you are still concerned that there may have been an error in the procedure used by the exam board to conduct the appeal. The EPRS can consider whether the exam board has followed its rules and procedures. It will not consider whether you got the right grade based on the evidence of your work. The exam board’s final decision on your grade will stand unless the EPRS finds that the exam board made an error in its review procedure. Even if an error is found, your grade may stay the same.

Links to Information Documents & Application Forms

Ofqual student guide to awarding 2021

Hampstead School Appeals Procedure

Stage 1 Appeals Application Form

Stage 2 Appeals Application Form

JCQ Appeals Guidance Summer 2021 - Appendix B