Exams 2021 & Appeals

Exams 2020-21

How Year 11 & Year 13 exam results will be determined Summer 2021

In line with government guidance, the Summer 2021 examination series was cancelled. Instead, grades have been determined using teacher assessed grades, based upon a range of evidence verified by the Head of Department, the Senior Leadership Team and the Bourne Education Trust.

These results will then be reviewed by the exam boards who designed each course, before awarding the final grades which reflect your performance on content you have been taught, and allow you to confidently progress to the next stage of your education or into employment.

The JCQ document below provides an overview of the most important information that students and parents/guardians need to know about how grades will be awarded this summer. This includes a timeline of what is happening and when; how teachers, schools and colleges will determine your grades; and when you will receive your results. 

JCQ guidance for making an appeal is included below along with our centre policy for conducting the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) process.

JCQ guide for students and parents - exams 2021

JCQ appeals guidance for students

EEHS Centre Exams Policy

Appeals Process

How Does The Appeal Process Work?

  • There are two stages to an appeal, each must be completed before requesting to move to the next.
  • When completing Stage 1 you must state if it is a priority or not (using the Stage One Centre Review Form - see below). Priority appeals are those that will hold up your access onto a destination in September and will be dealt with first.
  • If you decide to appeal you must give grounds for your appeal. This could be one or more of the following reasons:
    1. You believe the school failed to do something stated in our Centre Policy, and this caused you to be given the wrong grade.
    2. You believe the school has made an administrative error.
    3. You believe there was an unreasonable exercise of ‘academic judgement’ (see below), either in the selection of the evidence used or the determination of the grade from the selected evidence.
  • The explanation of why you want to appeal does not need to be complex. It can be either:
    1. What evidence you consider should have been included, or excluded, and why you think it was unreasonable to exclude or include it.
    2. Why you consider the grade awarded from the evidence was unreasonable. For example, it did not reflect the standard shown by that evidence.

What Does ‘Academic Judgement’ Mean?

An unreasonable exercise of Academic Judgement is defined in the Ofqual appeals process as where the school's judgement of either:

  1. the evidence which should be used to determine a grade was unreasonable.
  2. the grade indicated by the evidence it selected was unreasonable.

It is only where the decision made by the school represents an unreasonable application of academic judgement that the grade awarded will be incorrect. For example, a decision to award a grade 4 will not be unreasonable where the decision maker for the appeal considers the evidence would support either a grade 4 or a grade 5. Both would be reasonable and therefore neither would be unreasonable.

What Are The Important Dates For An Appeal?

Priority Appeals Window

  • 10 August to 16 August: student requests centre review
  • 10 August to 20 August: centre conducts centre review
  • 11 August to 23 August: centre submits appeal to exam board
  • 7 September: Deadline for exam board to respond to appeal

Non-priority Appeals Window

  • 10 August to 3 September: student requests centre review
  • 10 August to 10 September: centre conducts centre review
  • 11 August to 17 September: centre submits appeal to exam board
  • End of October: Deadline for exam board to respond to appeal


Step by step guidance through the appeals process

The information below shows the shortened step by step process to making an appeal. The full guidance policy can be found in the link below:


EEHS Arrangements for appealing examination results policy

Before deciding whether to appeal you should review the subject assessment evidence that was used to decide the grade submitted to the exam board. This may help you decide if an appeal is appropriate. 

Click on the blue box above to view the assessment evidence forms for each subject.


Stage One: Centre Review

Once you have reviewed the assessment evidence used to decide your grade, you can request the school carry out a review to ensure the process outlined in our centre policy was followed and there were no clerical errors in the grade submitted to the exam board.

Students may submit this request for a centre review on the grounds that the school has either:

  • failed to follow its procedures properly or consistently in arriving at the result; or
  • made an administrative error in relation to the result.

To do this complete the form below.

Stage One Centre Review Form

This should be emailed to exams@eehs.surrey.sch.uk or sent by first class post to:  FAO Exams. Epsom and Ewell High School. Ruxley Lane. West Ewell. KT19 9JW.

The outcome of the review will be communicated to the student in writing by 20 August 2021 in the case of priority appeals and by 3 September 2021 for non-priority appeals.  

If you are still unhappy, you can request that we submit a Stage Two appeal to the relevant exam board on your behalf. We will submit the evidence used to make the judgement along with relevant paperwork. They will then decide if the grade awarded was a reasonable ‘academic judgement’ made in line with the school's policy and based on a holistic view of the evidence available when compared to the grade descriptors. They will either confirm the original grade or award a new grade, which could be higher or lower than the original.

Stage Two: Appeal to the awarding organisation (exam board)

Following the outcome of the Stage One review, if a student believes: 

  • That the School did not follow its procedures properly or consistently in arriving at the result, or during the centre review; 
  • That the awarding organisation (exam board) has made an administrative error in relation to the result; and / or 
  • That the grade awarded was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which to determine the grade and/or in the determination of the grade from that evidence, they can ask the school to submit an appeal on their behalf to the relevant exam board(s).  Students will not be able to submit an appeal directly to the exam board.

An appeal to the exam board can only be submitted if the Stage One review by the School has been completed and the outcome has been communicated to the student.   

To do this complete the form below.

Stage Two Request for a Stage Two Appeal to the Exam Board

This should be emailed to exams@eehs.surrey.sch.uk or sent by first class post to:  FAO Exams. Epsom and Ewell High School. Ruxley Lane. West Ewell. KT19 9JW.

The exam boards will aim to complete Stage Two of the appeals process within 42 calendar days of receipt of the application but this may be subject to change dependent on the circumstances.

Can I Resit My Exam In The Autumn?

Yes, there is a window in the autumn for students to resit teams. If you wish to do this then do contact us to discuss further.

It is worth considering that resitting your exam is only one of a range of options though, the most important thing is to get access onto the most appropriate destination for you after Y11 or Y13. Contact us using the exams@eehs.surrey.sch.uk email and we will get back to you to discuss further:

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