Summer 2020 Results and appeals process

Centre assessment grades

SNHS has submitted "centre assessment grades" (CAGS) and rank order(s) to awarding bodies in accordance with the relevant guidance and in line with the awarding body instructions. We spent a lot of time, in school, ensuring we sent the most accurate and optimistic grades possible based on the evidence we had.

Subject teams spent a lot of time looking at previous forecast data, key pieces of work and any prior internal or external assessments to determine the the mot optimistic grade possible. Subject leaders oversaw the process and ensured there was standard, fair and equitable approach across their team, they provided support where necessary. Once finalised a member of the leadership group scrutinised the data for each subject area. The data was then collated for the whole year group and we reviews the data from the perspective of each student. When we were satisfied that the grades were as accurate as they could be they were submitted to the relevant awarding bodies.

Members of school staff are not allowed to discuss CAGS with students or their parents, please do not ask them.

Final grades

For the reason of fairness, awarding bodies are putting these grades through a standardisation process to ensure grading standards are consistent across all centres. Exam boards will use statistical models, developed by Ofqual (the exam board regulator), to look at things like historical data and the UK national picture, as well as the data from us, to issue final grades. This is really important as it makes the process as fair as it can be for everyone, by ensuring the same grading standards are applied for all schools and that grades remain comparable from one year to the next. If grading judgements in some schools appear to be more generous or severe than others, individual grades may be adjusted up or down to reflect that, here is an infographic to help explain the process.

On candidate statements of results (results slips) and certificates, final grades will be reported in the same way as in previous years.

Results days

Final grades will be issued on results day(s) in August as follows:


Qualification type


Cambridge iGCSE and iAlevel results are available from 07:00 on Tuesday 11th August 2020 through the exam board online portal.School has already emailed all students their log in details for the online portal.Please contact school if you have not received these details.


All other GCE results (AS, A levels and other L3 qualifications) are released at 09:00 on Thursday 13th August 2020. These are not accessible online and so will be printed for collection from upper site main hall.


GCSE and other Level 1/2 qualifications are released at 09:00 on Thursday 20th August 2020. These are not accessible online and so will be printed for collection from upper site main hall.

In addition we will email each student a summary of all their exam results. This will go to their account.

Please note students will only be able to collect their own results.If you are unable to collect your results in person you may authorise someone else to collect them on your behalf.This authorisation must be in writing. Please note your results will NOT be supplied by telephone or email address that is not your school allocated email account.

Concerns about your results

If you have a concern about a grade you have been awarded, you can speak to a senior member of staff or the exams officers to:

  • request a copy of your Cente Assessed Grade
  • check whether an error was made when submitting your centre assessment grade and rank order to the awarding body
  • raise a complaint if you feel you have evidence of bias or that you were discriminated against; you could also pass such evidence on to the awarding body who could investigate for potential malpractice
  • seek any information the awarding body holds in relation to how your final grade was calculated
  • provide information about the opportunity to take an exam in the autumn series or in summer 2021

Senior staff, the pastoral team, exams officers and a wide range of subject staff will be in school on the 20th and 21st August to provide support, help and guidance about your next steps. This will be particularly useful if you any concerns about your results, or your onward pathway.


The arrangements for awarding qualifications in summer 2020 state:

"Candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case."

A candidate can:

  • ask their centre to appeal on their behalf to an awarding body if there is evidence that leads a candidate to believe:
  • the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information
  • an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade
  • appeal against the centre’s decision

A candidate cannot:

  • appeal against their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal in respect of the process or procedure used by SNHS in calculating your centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body (unless a private candidate)

An internal appeal can be submitted to the centre where a candidate (or his/her parent/carer) believes there are grounds to appeal against the schools approach in its decision:

  • not to seek any information the awarding body holds that would be needed for an appeal and/or
  • not to appeal to the awarding body


Our policy on results and appeals process 2020