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Data and Exams Officer:

Mr J Tomasevic

Centre Policy for awarding A/AS Levels and gcses in 2021

What is Nottingham Free School’s approach to awarding GCSEs in Summer 2021?

We aim to ensure that students have the opportunity to show the full breadth of their knowledge and understanding in each subject based on what they have been taught. It is important that grades represent a holistic, objective judgement based on evidence of each student’s performance in each subject. Our school’s approach is in line with guidance from JCQ, exam boards, OFQUAL and the Department for Education. Our approach is detailed in our Centre Policy.

What is the Centre Policy?

This is the written document that provides comprehensive information concerning:

  • the roles and responsibilities of individuals in the centre;
  • what training and support will be provided to centre staff involved with the process, including any training around bias and objectivity in assessment and grading decisions;
  • the approach to be taken when determining teacher assessed grades, including consideration of evidence and how that evidence informs students’ grades;
  • the internal quality assurance processes that are in place;

A copy of our full Centre Policy can be found here:

Examinations Centre Policy 2021


What do you need to consider if you haven't got the grades you need?

  1. Focus on your progression - If you haven’t got the grades you need, talk to the school, college, university or employer you’re hoping to go to as soon as possible. They may still accept you.
  2. Understand the appeals process -
    • If you believe there is an error that impacted your grade, talk to Mr Tomasevic (jtomasevic@nottinghamfreeschool.co.uk) for GCSEs or Mr Cleveley (pcleveley@nottinghamfreeschool.co.uk) for A Levels.
    • If you are convinced there has been an error, you can first request a review from NFS and after that you may appeal to the exam board
  3. Consider entering for another exam series - If you want to try to improve your grade, you could consider entering for the autumn exam series or the exam series next summer. Talk to us about how this will work for you, as you may need to revise for those exams and work on your new course at the same time.

Nottingham Free School Student Request Form for Centre Reviews and Appeals to Awarding Organisations – Summer 2021


Please see our examination results on the exam results page. School results can also be seen on the school performance tables: https://www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables

Exam Certificates

GCSE certificates are now available from school reception for collection.

Candidates must collect certificates themselves or have the person collecting their certificates on their behalf bring in a signed note to confirm consent and a form of photo ID (driving licence, passport etc). This includes current Sixth Form students.

You will be asked to sign and date a sheet to confirm your collection for our records, as well as inform us of your/the student's destination since you/they have left NFS. We also request that visitors wear a face covering when entering the building.

We do not post exam certificates due to GDPR, and certificates are only kept for three years after the certification date. In this case they will be destroyed after July 2023.

If you have since left the Nottingham are and can not feasibly collect your certificates, arrangements can be made to ensure you are able to receive them. Please contact Mr Tomasevic via the school contact number or email address to discuss arrangements.


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