Examinations

If parents have any questions or concerns about the examination then our exams officer Mrs Horkan can be contacted via e-mail bhorkan@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk


Exam Results Days 2021

10th August – A Level

12th August – GCSE


Ofqual Guide for Students

This guide outlines the arrangements in place for awarding grades in summer 2021, and where you can go for additional information. 

Student guide to awarding: summer 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk)


Appealing Teacher Awarded Grades Summer 2021

You are entitled to appeal your teacher awarded grade.  This can take the form of either:

  • A centre review
  • An awarding organisation appeal.

Any student requesting a centre review or an awarding organisation appeal must fully complete the JCQ Student Request Form for Centre Reviews and Appeals to Awarding Organisations which can be downloaded here:

The completed form should be emailed to exams@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk by the dates specified below:

PriorityNon-Priority
Centre Review16th August 20213rd September 2021
Awarding Body Appeal23rd August 202117th September 2021


Please see below for information regarding circumstances that denote eligibility for priority appeals.


What may happen to your grade during the centre review and 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.


What will be checked during a centre review?

You can ask the centre to check whether it made a procedural error, an administrative error, or both.

A procedural error means a failure to follow the process set out in the centre policy. An administrative error means an error in recording your grade or submitting your grade to the awarding organisation.

You must request a centre review before you can request an awarding organisation appeal. This is so the awarding organisation is certain that your grade is as the centre intended.


What will be checked during an awarding organisation appeal?

You can ask the awarding organisation to check whether the centre made a procedural error – or whether the awarding organisation itself made an administrative error. You can also ask the awarding organisation to check whether the academic judgement of the centre was unreasonable, either in the selection of evidence or the determination of your grade.


When do I need to submit my request?

You should submit a request for a centre review by 16th August 2021 for a priority appeal, or by 3rd September 2021 for non-priority appeals.

Once you have received the outcome of your centre review, if you wish to request an awarding organisation appeal you should do so as soon as possible. Your school or college will submit this on your behalf. Requests for a priority appeal should be submitted by 23rd August 2021 and requests for non-priority appeals should be submitted by 17th September 2021. Priority appeals that aren’t submitted to the awarding organisation by 23rd 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.


What is a priority appeal?

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.


What is your UCAS personal ID and why is it needed?

Your UCAS personal ID is the 10 digit code included in all correspondence from UCAS. This is needed to confirm that a student’s place is dependent on the outcome of the appeal.


Exam Information

To view our policy for Access arrangements

All students should read our “Students Guide to Exams” booklet

Useful revision tips can be found here

All JCQ Information for candidates documents should be accessed and read here https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/information-for-candidates-documents


Exam Specification Pencil Cases

Exam Specification Pencil Cases are available from reception for £2.00 each.


Replacement certificates

If you cannot locate your certificates, you will need to contact the individual exam boards directly –

Pearson/Edexcel https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/support/Services/replacement-certificates.html

AQA https://www.aqa.org.uk/contact-us/past-results-and-lost-certificates

OCR https://www.ocr.org.uk/students/replacement-certificates/

Eduqas (WJEC) https://www.eduqas.co.uk/students/exams-and-results/certificates

CIE https://help.cambridgeinternational.org/hc/en-gb/articles/115004448845-Lost-certificates


Useful Links

To access GCSE specifications, past papers and mark schemes please use this link

To access A Level specifications, past papers and mark schemes please use this link

GCSE Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

Department for Education performance tables: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/