Exam Results 2021 and Appeals

Arrangements for Results Day

Results will be issued on the following results days in August, please arrive via the Gate on Caterham Avenue and the Side Entrance to the Sixth Form Building. It is important that you follow all signs and directions for your own Health & Safety as the school has extensive building works due to recent flooding.


Qualification type




GCE (AS, A Levels) and other Level 3 qualifications

(Sixth Form Students)

8.30am till 12.00pm

Sixth Form Building


GCSE and other Level 1/2 qualifications

(Year 11 Students and any sixth form students who resat GCSE English or maths)

9.00am till 1.00pm

Sixth Form Building


If you are unable to collect your results in person, please email the exams office at examsoffice@ecaterham.net, who will be able to arrange for your results to be emailed to you directly.


All email communication regarding appeals must be sent to appeals@ecaterham.net

Please view the flow chart below which explain the appeals process:

Appeals 1


How were my / my child’s grades arrived at this year?

Grades this summer were based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). TAGs were submitted to the exam boards by us as a holistic assessment of students’ performance in a subject, following a rigorous process of assessment, moderation and quality assurance.

What do I do if I’m not happy with my / my child’s grade?

All students have the opportunity to appeal their grade if they meet the eligibility criteria (see below). It is important to note that an appeal may result in a grade being lowered, no change, or increasing. So, if a student puts in an appeal and their grade is lowered, they will receive the new lower mark.

There is also the option to resit GCSEs and A levels in the autumn, which may be preferable to some students. The design, content and assessment of these papers will be the same as in a normal year.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have released a guide to appeals for the summer 2021 series to help you understand what these decisions mean for you.

What are the grounds for appeal?

There are five main grounds for appeal, as dictated by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). They are:

  • You think we have made an administrative error: an example of this would be putting the wrong information into a spreadsheet.
  • You think we have made a procedural error: this means we haven’t properly followed our own process, as approved by the exam board.
  • You think the academic judgement on the selection of evidence was unreasonable: you think the evidence used to grade you was not reasonable.
  • You think the academic judgement on the grade you were given was unreasonable.

Stages of appeals

Stage 1: A centre review

A centre review is the first stage of a summer 21 appeal. Students can ask Caterham High school if an administrative or procedural error has occurred. Requests for a Centre Review post results must be made directly by students to the school, via an online appeal form which is available below.

If the school finds an error in the grade, a revised grade will be submitted to the Exam Boards to consider.

To complete a stage 1 appeal, please click on the link below and complete the form:


Key Dates for appeals

10th August to 16 August 2021 (for priority appeals - for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice, i.e. the offer they accepted as first choice, and wish to appeal an A Level or other Level 3 qualification result) 

10th August to 3 September 2021 (for non-priority appeals)

Stage 2: An appeal to an awarding organisation

If the school does not find an error, but the student still believes that their grade is wrong, they can ask the school to submit a formal appeal to the exam board for them.  Students can appeal if they feel any of the following applies:

  • there was an error in the way the school followed or applied its procedure for determining their grade
  • the school did not make a reasonable judgement when deciding which evidence to use to determine their grade
  • the school did not make a reasonable judgement about their grade based on the evidence gathered.

To complete a Stage 2 appeal, you must first complete a Stage 1 appeal. Once this is completed you will receive information about how to complete a Stage 2 Appeal. 

Deadlines for Caterham High School to submit a stage 2 appeal to awarding organisations:

23 August 2021 (priority appeals - as above)

17 September 2021 (for non-priority appeals) 

In completing a Stage 1 appeal, you will receive the rationale for the subject as to how the grades were awarded. You may also wish to refer to our Centre Policy which can be found by clicking the link below.



Page Downloads Date  
Summer 2021 JCQ Guidance Centre Policy 15th Jul 2021 Download