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Summer 2021 GCE and GCSE Appeals Process

Please refer to the section on appeals for Summer 2021 in the guidance issued by JCQ, pages 6 to 8.

https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf

This explains the different stages and types of appeal you can make and it is important that this is understood before any appeal is made. It is important to remember that grades can go down, up or stay the same at either stage of the appeal process.

Within this document there is a statutory timescale for students, centres and examination bodies to work to when dealing with appeals that is reproduced below:

If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the university
you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer. You should also tell your
school or college so they can ask the exam board to prioritise your appeal. The timelines for
priority and non-priority appeals will be as follows:

10 August to 7 September: priority appeals window *

STAGE 1

  • 10 August to 16 August: student requests centre review
  • 10 August to 20 August: centre conducts centre review

STAGE 2

  • 11 August to 23 August: centre submits appeal to exam board

10 August to end October: majority of non-priority appeals take place **

STAGE 1

  • 10 August to 3 September: student requests centre review
  • 10 August to 10 September: centre conducts centre review

STAGE 2

  • 11 August to 17 September: centre submits appeal to exam board

Finally, if you believe the exam board has made a procedural error in handling your appeal,
you can apply to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service to review the process undertaken
by the exam board.

Our appeals commitment is designed to fit within this timescale and support students who need to make an appeal.

WHSG appeals commitment

All appeals must be submitted on the correct electronic form - download link below.

https://www.whsg.info/download?file=https%3A%2F%2Fwestcliff.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fuploads%2Fdocument%2FWHSG-Appeal-Application-Summer-2021-ONLY.pdf%3Ft%3D1626329811

It is essential this form is sent by electronic mail from a Student’s WHSG email account to the correct email address for the correct stage of an appeal. As the form is sent electronically the use of the Student’s WHSG account is the confirmation that you have consented to your grade being raised, lowered or staying the same as the result of the appeal.
When submitting your form by email please name it with the convention: Surname_Exam Number.
If you are unable to submit your appeal by email you can print it and send to the Main School Office, please mark the envelope clearly “APPEAL, for the attention of The Examinations Officer”.

* Priority Appeals Stage 1:
ONLY for A Level students who have not gained their first place university offer this year. Appeals sent to the Priority address that do not meet priority criteria will be returned without action for you to submit to the correct mailbox.

These must be submitted from a Student’s WHSG email account to:

priority_appeal_2021_stage_1@whsg.info

We will accept submissions from 10/8/21 until 23:59 16/8/21.
We will aim to complete all stage 1 centre review for submissions prior to 10:00 on 13/8/21 by 14:00 on 13/8/21.
Reviewed forms will be returned by email to Student’s WHSG account.

We will aim to complete all stage 1 centre review forms received between 10:00 on 13/8/21 to 23:59 16/8/21 by 16:00 on 18/8/21.
Reviewed forms will be returned by email to Student’s WHSG account.

* Priority Appeals Stage 2:
Appeals for stage 2 are only accepted after stage 1 has been completed; appeals sent to the priority appeal stage 2 address that have not completed stage 1 will be returned without action for you to submit to the correct mailbox. Stage 2 appeals require you to add to the form which then must be submitted from a Student’s WHSG email account to:

priority_appeal_2021_stage_2@whsg.info

These can be submitted at any time after you have received the review of your stage 1 appeal but must be submitted by 12:00 on 19/8/21 to ensure it can be processed and sent to the examination body.

** Appeals Stage 1 (non-priority)
Must be submitted from a Student’s WHSG email account to:

appeal_2021_stage_1@whsg.info

We will accept submissions from 10/8/21 until 16:00 on 3/9/21.
We will process all reviews in time arrival order once all priority centre reviews have been processed.
Reviews will be returned by email to Student’s WHSG account as soon as completed and no later than by 8/9/21.

** Appeals Stage 2 (non-priority)
Appeals for stage 2 are only accepted after stage 1 has been completed; appeals sent to the appeal stage 2 address that have not completed stage 1 will be returned without action for you to submit to the correct mailbox. Stage 2 appeals require you to add to the form which then must be submitted from a Student’s WHSG email account to:

appeal_2021_stage_2@whsg.info

These can be submitted at any time after you have received the review of your stage 1 appeal but must be submitted by 12:00 on 13/9/21 to ensure it can be processed and sent to the examination body.

Results of appeals will be sent to the WHSG email account of the student appealing.

Reminder – please read guide

https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf

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