Grading Summer 2021

This page holds key information for students and parents regarding the 2021 grading process, and will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

Year 13 - letter from Mrs Cooke (15th July)

Year 11 - letter from Mrs Cooke (15th July)

Update July 2021

We are able to confirm that Hanley Castle High School has now received confirmation of the following milestones in this year’s grading process.

  1. Our centre policy was approved meaning that the exam boards have agreed we have a rigorous and robust process for awarding teacher assessed grades.
  2. The Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) have undergone a full clerical check and we can confirm that the correct TAGs have been submitted to the exam boards.
  3. The exam board has moderated our TAGs and these have been approved. This process required complete samples of students work and teacher assessments to be sent to the exam boards for their consideration.

We are delighted that students' hard work and the school’s processes have been validated. However, we are required by JCQ to inform you that there is a process of appeal if you still believe an error, either clerical or in judgement, has been made in your awarded grade. You should be aware if you are unhappy with your grade that there are opportunities to take actual exams in October and that the school will support you in this aim. If you still decide that an appeal is a route you wish to explore then we need to remind you that this year the exam boards will issue a lower grade if they deem the evidence provided by the school is not strong enough.

Further information on appeals is provided in the FAQ document - please click here.

Please click here for a guide for students and parents, produced by JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications)


Original page content

Summary of key points:

  • Teachers will submit grades to exam boards by 18th June based on a range of evidence in each subject.
  • The assessments used to determine these grades have been shown to students and are detailed in this section of the school website.
  • Parents and students should look at the relevant subject sheets and inform the relevant Key Stage Office as soon as possible if either:
    • at the time of the assessment the student was ill or an injury or serious incident at home affected their performance in that assessment, or
    • the student feels that the access arrangements / reasonable adjustments to which they are entitled were not in place for a particular assessment.
  • The school is following the regulations and procedures as laid out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and the exam boards. This includes the selection and marking of assessment materials, the grading process and quality assurance measures. Our centre policy is linked at the bottom of this page.


Please click below to access to sheets showing the assessments in each subject which will be used as evidence in determining student grades this summer:


Result Days

Final grades will be released by exam boards and sent electronically to students on the following days:

A-level / AS / L3 BTEC: Tuesday 10th August 2021

GCSE / L1&2 BTEC: Thursday 12th August 2021

Staff will available to provide advice, guidance and support following results [more details to follow].


Useful documents

Please click here for a student guide from Ofqual, updated 25th May

Please click here for a guide for students and parents, produced by JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications)

Please click here for our centre policy. This outlines procedures that have been put in place to ensure that grading is fair.


Update from Ofqual, 5th May 2021:

Any student who receives a teacher-assessed grade (TAG) this summer, or who an exam board reasonably believes would have entered for the exams in summer 2021 had they taken place, can take the corresponding GCSE, AS and A level exams in autumn 2021. In addition, any student who was aged at least 16 on 31 August 2021 can take the GCSE English language and maths exams, as is usually the case

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