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Post-results Service: What happens at St John’s RC Academy

Parents, carers and SQA candidates have been made aware of the changes to the SQA appeals system over the course of the past two years. In short, the old appeals system has changed to a ‘results service’.  This service is very different from what was previously in place.  For clarity, the school’s policy is outlined here. This policy reflects the guidance offered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The Post-Results Service operates after the examination results are published. If St John’s RC Academy is concerned about a candidate’s result, they can request a Clerical Check and/or a Marking Review of the candidate’s paper.

St John’s RC Academy will submit a request if it holds clear and compelling evidence that there is a reasonable possibility that an error may have occurred with the marking or totalling of marks in a candidate’s script. That is, the candidate’s final grade is markedly at odds with the totality of assessment evidence gathered during the year and out of line with the performance of other candidates with similar profiles.  Please note: the check/review can lead to a change of grade either up or down.

Marking Reviews

Marking Reviews should only be requested under the following criteria:

  • Schools will submit Post Result Services requests to SQA where it holds clear and compelling evidence that there is a reasonable possibility that an error may have occurred with the marking or totalling of marks in a pupil’s examination script. That is, the pupil’s final grade is markedly at odds with the totality of assessment evidence gathered during the course and out of line with the performance of other pupils with similar profiles.
  • It is not sufficient for a pupil’s final grade to be below the grade anticipated by any estimate submitted to SQA or that achieved in a prelim examination. The clear expectation is that there will be compelling evidence from all aspects of assessment carried out by the school including class tests, unit tests, coursework and prelim exams.

Post Result Services will not be requested where:

  • The pupil’s final grade is in line with the estimate submitted to SQA and the expectation of the school based on performance throughout the course.
  • The final award is within the same grade as that predicted by the assessment evidence held by the school. [Example: School Estimate Grade B, band 3. Pupil achieves Grade B, band 4].
  • The pupil’s performance has shown inconsistencies during the year such that the final award falls within the range of performance evidenced.
  • The pupil’s original estimate is found to be overly optimistic in the light of the actual performance of the class cohort in the examination.

Post Result Services cannot be used for pupils who have been awarded a grade under the Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service. Where appropriate the Appeals arrangements for Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service should be used to challenge the award made by SQA.

Decisions about eligibility for the Post-results Service will be taken by the Headteacher based on advice by the relevant head of department and in conjunction with our SQA Co-ordinator.

Appeals to the school’s decision

Pupils and parents who are dissatisfied with the decision can ask the Headteacher to reconsider their original decision not to use the Post Result Services. The request must be submitted in writing and within the timeframe published by SQA for accepting Post Result Services requests. The request will be considered on the basis of the criteria above and will be final.

For more information regarding the SQA Post-Results service please visit the following link –

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/65427.html