Week A

2021 Grades

This year, students will be awarded Assessed Grades that schools have provided to the Awarding Bodies in June in accordance with JCQ guidance. You can find more information here. The Assessed Grades we submitted were in line with our Centre Policy, which was approved by the Awarding Organisations and can be read below. We also had to send a sample of our evidence and grading to the Awarding Organisations as part of quality assurance checks.

To support your understanding, please refer to Ofqual’s Student Guide to Awarding Summer 2021 which tells you how you will get your qualifications in Summer 2021 and where you can get more information.

Issue of results

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

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

A Level / Level 3 Technical Qualifications 10 August 2021 Available from 8.30am at school
GCSE / Levels 1 and 2 Technical Qualifications 12 August 2021 Available from 8.30am at school

Students should not seek to come on site if self-isolating or a member of their household has symptoms of Covid-19.

If you are not able to attend results day for any reason, we can arrange for your results to be emailed to your school email address. Please ensure you have access before your results day.

To request alternative arrangements please complete the Request Results by Email form. All requests should be made by Friday 6th August 2021, where possible.

Examination Certificates for Summer 2021 will be issued at the annual Presentation Evening in December.

No results will be issued over the telephone

Support, advice and guidance

Staff will be on site on results day to provide support, advice and guidance to students. Our Adviza adviser will also be available to meet with students at school during the day.

When you receive your results, if you think that a grade is wrong, your first step should be to access the post-results support available by speaking to the Exams Officer who can explain the options available to you.

Details of the next steps you can take if you are unhappy  are below.


Stage 1: Centre review - to check for administrative/clerical errors.

Stage 2: Appeal to the Awarding Organisation - only requested following a Stage 1 appeal. Awarding Organisations will not consider appeals based solely on differences of opinion. Stage 2 appeals will be submitted by Highdown School on behalf of the student.

The outcome of either appeal process may result in the student’s grade remaining the same, being lowered or raised. 

Students cannot withdraw appeal requests following determination of the review process(es).

For more information, please refer to the DfE blog: Exam Appeals - Everything you need to know  

Deadlines to submit a request for a Review or appeal:

Priority appeals (A Levels/Level 3 Technical):

Monday 16 August 2021 – deadline for students to request Stage 1 Centre Review

Monday 23 August 2021 – deadline for students to request Stage 2 Appeal to Awarding Organisation

Note:- A priority appeal is only for students applying to higher education 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. You should inform your intended higher education provider that you have requested a centre review or appeal. You will need to provide in the request form(s) your UCAS personal ID code which is included in all correspondence from UCAS. This is needed to confirm that a student’s place is dependent on the outcome of the appeal. Priority appeals that aren’t submitted to the awarding organisation by 23 August 2021 will still be treated as a priority, but they may not be completed in time for those with a higher education place dependent on the outcome of the appeal.

Non-priority appeals (A Levels/Level 3 Technical and GCSEs/Level 1/2 Technical):

Friday 3 September 2021 – deadline for students to request Stage 1 Centre Review

Friday 17 September 2021 – deadline for student to request Stage 2 Appeal to Awarding Organisation

Elevate Careers Service

Elevate careers service, operated by BFfC, is going to be offering a range of different ways for young people to make contact if they require support after receiving their exam results. The Elevate team will be operating a Live Chat facility on the BFfC careers webpage for the first time after AS/A levels results are received. Young people will also be able to phone-in and email the Elevate team if they didn’t get the results they were hoping for and need some advice and support. 

The Live Chat facility will be at: https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/for-young-people/careers-service-for-young-people/, the results advice phone line will be on (0118) 937 4402 and the email address is: elevate@brighterfuturesforchildren.org.

Sixth Form Enrolment

Enrolment to our Sixth Form will take place in person on 12th August following receipt of your GCSE/Level 1 and 2 grades. Highdown Year 11 students enrol between 8.30-11am and students joining Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre from 11am-1pm.

You can find more information in the Sixth Form section of our website here.

If you have any questions about our Sixth Form or would like to apply, please email us at  sixthformadmissions@highdown.reading.sch.uk.


The UCAS website has a range of resources to support you, and it is worth reading them in advance. Their Confirmation and Clearing page can be found here, and there is a separate page for parents here. If you feel you may need to use Clearing, read ahead by clicking here, and you can learn about the Clearing Plus system here. UCAS also host weekly talks via their Facebook page, which can be accessed here.