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Dear Students, Parents & Carers

If you do not consider that you’ve been issued with the correct grade in the summer 2021 results, then you have the option to appeal. The details of this, including how you can go about initiating this process are included below.

Step 1: Centre review

If you believe that there is an error in one or more of the grades you’ve been awarded you should contact Duncan.adams@newcastle.academy, via your school email address, to notify the school. You should include your full name, the qualification(s) that you’re querying and the grade you’ve been awarded.

For data security reasons, it’s important that you use your school email address. If you’re unable to do this, you can use a personal email address, but would first need to send us a copy of identification that includes your full legal name and date of birth, e.g. birth certificate or passport. Upon receipt of this notification, the school will send a form to you that you will need to complete to formally request an appeal; this form is also available on the school website, on this page.

It is important that you read all the information included and fully complete Stage 1, Section A of the form. This should be returned to the school, via the above email address, no later than 3rd September 2021.

Please note, priority appeals will not be applicable, as this is reserved for students applying to higher education who wish to appeal level 3 qualifications (e.g. ‘A’ Level results).

The school will conduct a review of the grade to identify any potential administrative or procedural errors based on the rationale you’ve provided as to why you believe an error has occurred. On completion of the review, the school will complete Stage 1, Section B of the request form to inform you of the findings of the review.

Please note, the outcome of the centre review may result in your grade being lowered, being raised or remaining the same.

If an administrative or procedural error is found, the school 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. This request would need to be agreed upon by the awarding organisation; the resolution of this will be communicated with the student.

Step 2: Appeals to the awarding organisation

If you believe that there is still an error, or you consider that the grade awarded was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement, you can proceed to 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 this has been issued to you. To do this, you must complete Section 2 of the request form and return this to the school no later than 17th September 2021. This will be passed onto the awarding organisation, who will review the appeal. Appeals sent directly to the awarding organisation by a student will not be accepted. All communication regarding appeals must go through the school, who will keep you updated of any decisions by the awarding organisation.

Once again, you should be aware that this process may result in your grade being lowered, being raised or remaining the same.

When submitting an appeal, either at the centre review stage or to the awarding organisation, you will need to provide details of what you believe the error to be and how this has affected your grade. It is important that you understand that the appeal process may lead to an irreversible change to the grade you were originally awarded.

You should be confident that you wish to pursue the appeal, acknowledging that there’s a chance your grade may be lowered, before you submit the request; once findings have been made requests cannot be withdrawn.