GCSE/AS/A Level Information 2020 – 2021

Guidance on the determination of grades for A/AS Levels and GCSEs for Summer 2021

On 4 January 2021, the Government announced that it was no longer fair for the Summer 2021 examination series for GCSE, A/AS Level, Project Qualifications and Advanced Extension Award in maths to go ahead due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Head of OFQUAL, Mr Lebus, has confirmed that “GCSEs and A-levels cancelled in England by the pandemic will be replaced by grades decided by teachers“.

Secretary of State for Education, Mr Williamson, in Parliament also outlined the following; Grades for exams should be a reflection of what each pupil has demonstrated they are capable of.  The assessment of the grade awarded to a pupil will be underpinned by coursework, substantial class work, assessment over time, and mock exams as well as optional questions provided by individual exam boards’.

Following the decision that no public examinations will take place during this summer, the Academy has worked closely with Ofqual, DfE and Trust schools to ensure a rigorous quality assurance process is in place to enable the fair allocation of grades across the school; this will be quality assured externally by Exam Boards.

Guidance for students, parents and guardians:

GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England Summer 2021

Ofqual Student guide to awarding in_summer 2021

Centre Policy: Centre Policy – St Aidan’s Catholic Academy

Please note: Guidance is constantly under review by Ofqual/JCQ and subject to change. We will update when and where appropriate.

Timeline and key events:


Essential documentation for students regarding the appeals process:

St Aidan’s Appeals Process – information for parents and students – June 2021

Stage One – Centre Review Form

Stage Two – Appeal to Awarding Organisation Form



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