Qualification Results 2021
As you will be aware, the system in place for qualification results in August 2021 is different to previous years. On this page you will find all the details you should require regarding your results for this year and your next steps.
Qualification results will be published on the following dates:
Key Stage 5 (A-level and Level 3 vocational qualifications): Tuesday 10 August 2021
Key Stage 4 (GCSE and Level 1/2 vocational qualifications): Thursday 12 August 2021
Process for Receiving Results
- Results will be emailed to students (in the form of a PDF attachment on the email), directly to their school email address.
- Please check that you can access your school email account as soon as possible and report any issues to the central ICT team at firstname.lastname@example.org at the earliest opportunity.
- Please do not come in to your school building on results day – you will have the opportunity to book a pre-allocated meeting with a member of staff for the day after you receive your results. Details of how to do this will be included in the email you receive with your results.
What process was used in awarding qualification results this year?
As you will be aware, the system used to determine qualification results this year has been a different process to previous years. All institutions in Trinity MAT followed a detailed and diligent process of submitting teacher assessed grades to the awarding bodies, in line with the guidance provided at the time by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and the Department for Education – this included a rigorous process of internal moderation. Further details of the process we have followed and what this means for you can be viewed here.
Ofqual have in place a process for centres to conduct reviews of results and for students to appeal their results (via their examination centres – i.e. through us). This review / appeal process will follow the specified Ofqual guidance which places clear limits on the grounds for appeal. If, after receiving your results, you would like to discuss your results you will have an opportunity to do so (details will be available in the email you receive on results day). However, at that point, should you wish to officially submit a request for a centre review, we would ask that you complete this form.
Please read the guidance on the opening page very carefully, as it includes full details of the deadlines for submission and also confirms that your original grade could be either lowered, raised or remain the same after the review / appeal.
Details of each centre’s Centre Policy for determining this year’s Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) can be accessed on their own academy’s web site and we would encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the processes used to determine your Teacher Assessed Grades ahead of results day.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have released a handy one page summary of the grading timeline for your qualifications this year – you can access this here.
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.
These grades were then approved by the relevant exam board, following external quality assurance checks.
In some cases, the TAGs we submitted may have been reviewed by the exam board, who may have asked us to submit an alternative grade. However, any changes to the grades we submitted were done by professional teachers or reviewers; this year no grades have been changed as a result of an algorithm.
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 above).
There is also the option to resit GCSEs and A levels in the autumn – the design, content and assessment of these papers will be the same as in a normal year.
What are the deadlines for priority appeals?
Priority appeals are only available to students applying to higher education (e.g. universities) who did not attain their firm choice (i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice) and wish to appeal an A-level or other Level 3 qualification result.
The suggested deadline for requesting a priority appeal is 16 August (students cannot appeal before results day on 10 August).
We will attempt to complete the centre review by 20 August*. If students wish to progress this to an awarding organisation appeal, they must send the completed form to us by 23 August for priority appeals.
*At both stages of the appeals process, there may be the need for specialist, expert knowledge (e.g. subject teachers, SEND knowledge). This may not be possible in August. In such cases, we may have to wait until the start of term, but priority appeals will still be treated as a priority.
What are the deadlines for non-priority appeals?
Non-priority appeals are any A-levels, GCSEs or vocational qualifications, where a firm or insurance university place is not pending.
The deadline for submitting a centre review is 3 September; and the deadline for submitting an awarding organisation appeal is 10 September.
Appeals received after these dates may still be considered.
You know my / my child’s grades. Why can’t you tell us?
We are forbidden from disclosing the Teacher Assessed Grades to any third party, including students and parents, until results days. Any teacher or member of staff who does this is committing exam malpractice.
Although students may have been given marks or grades on single pieces of evidence, we cannot disclose the final submitted TAG.
During the external quality assurance process taking place in June or July, our submitted TAGs may be moved up or down (although this will always be done through human agency, not by an algorithm).
If you are at the end of Year 11 or Year 13, many of you will have already decided what your next step will be and we would encourage you to make contact with the organisation you are moving to (whether that be sixth form, college, university, apprenticeship, employer or another) to finalise arrangements with them.
However, if your qualification results mean that you would like to look at alternative options, or indeed you have yet to make up your mind on what you would like to do next, we would encourage you to make use of the dedicated careers guidance available to our institutions. Details are specific to each organisation:
Trinity Sixth Form Academy
Trinity Academy Halifax
Contact C&K Careers. Suzanne Dutton is your dedicated adviser available for results day and can be contacted on 01484 213230 or by email on email@example.com. There is also a chat service available for an online chat with an adviser Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. The chat email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge
Trinity Academy Cathedral
Contact C&K Careers. Katie Reynolds is available for results day and the following day, and can be contacted by email on email@example.com
Vicky O’Sullivan is our dedicated careers adviser, who you’ll have met in school and is available from Monday 16th August onwards. She can also be contacted by email on vicky.o’firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a chat service available for an online chat with an adviser Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. The chat email is email@example.com
Trinity Academy Bradford
You can also contact C&K Careers through their chat service on 01484 213856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an online chat with an adviser Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.
Visit their website at: www.ckcareersonline.org.uk or contact via Facebook messenger
We would also ask for your co-operation in completing the crucial destinations questionnaire which will be included in your results email – the information you provide is essential in ensuring we hold accurate details on your next steps.