Learners were awarded Centre Assessed Grades (CAG) in GCSEs the Summer of 2020 due to the cancellation of exams. 

If you have concerns about your Centre Assessed Grades you should firstly speak to the School and we will look into the grounds for an appeal to the exam boards on your behalf. Please telephone: 0191 512 8960 and provide your name and telephone number.  You can also email:

There will be an opportunity for any learner to take the full suite of GCSE exams in the autumn.  These exams will take place from Monday, 2 November 2020 to Monday, 23 November 2020.

The current Appeals Process is outlined by Ofqual here:

The criteria for the grounds to appeal may change and if this is the case, we will inform you as soon as any updates are available.


The APPEALS Process

  • Initial contact should be made with the school via
  • Your concern will be passed to the Assistant Principal with oversight for exams.  Contact will be made |(within 2 working days) with you to discuss your concerns. 
  • The Assistant Principal will look into the grounds for appeal taking into account the following appeal criteria laid out by Ofqual: 
    • The school will check to establish if a mistake has been made when data was submitted to the exam board and an appeal will be made on your behalf.
    • The school will appeal to the exam board on your behalf if it believes that the exam board made a mistake when communicating your grade.
    • The exam board appeals process cannot be used to challenge your Centre Assessed Grade of Rank Order position. You must follow the School’s complaints process here: 
    • You cannot appeal because your mock result was higher than your grade.  
  • In the first instance the Assistant Principal with oversight for exams will make an assessment of any grounds to appeal and will check the clerical processes.  If the Assistant Principal (Exams)  is confident that no error has been made a decision will be made that there are no grounds for appeal. 
  • If the learner still wishes to make an appeal they can ask for this decision to be reviewed.  In this case the review will be passed to the Principal . The Principal will make the final decision on whether to support an appeal.  The Principal’s decision is final.
  • Those learners who would like to improve their grade can enter the Autumn Series of exams. 
  • Ofqual will have accessible information about the procedure for learners and families to follow and set up a helpline where appeals can be discussed.


  • Will take place Monday, 2 November 2020 – Monday, 23 November 2020.
  • Exam dates and times for each subject are to be confirmed.
  • If you wish to be entered for an exam in the Autumn series, please contact the School by  25th September for English and/or  Maths and 10th September 2020 for all other subjects.
  • All results will be based on performance in exams alone and not on any Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). The exception to this will be Art & Design/Graphics.
  • Normal arrangements for reviews of marking and appeals will be used. 
  • Learners can only be entered for these exams if they would have taken them in summer 2020.