2021 Results Day

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This year GCSE, A level, and vocational and technical qualification students will receive grades determined by their teachers. It's been a difficult year with the pandemic and it's important to recognise all the hard work you have put in. Learners have been assessed only on what they have been taught and not what they may have missed.

This page includes information about the different pathways available to you, a range of opportunities, useful tips for your transition to further education and what to do if you are unhappy with the results awarded. 


This year results days are taking place earlier than previous year so that students have more time to prepare for their next steps. 

A Level & vocational technical qualifications (including BTEC) results day: 10/08/2021

GCSE results day: 12/08/2021

Have you just recieved your grades and unsure about your next steps or what options are available to you? 

There are a number of different exciting opporutnities available to you including education, employment and training. No matter what you have achieved there is always an option available to you. The different pathways include: traineeships, apprentieships, BTEC and vocational courses, A Levels, Supported Internship and so much more!

The entry requirements for specific subjects, courses and options vary. Always check with the organisation before applying. If you have an EHCP contact your EHCP Coordinator when choosing your next steps. You can email sen@southwark.gov.uk 

Click here to view more information about the different pathways available to you.  (pdf, 1.7mb)

For more information on Southwark Works employment support, click here. 

Click here to find out more about Southwark's new Supported Internship offer in partnership with Mencap. 

There will be some young people and their parent/carers that are unhappy with the results awarded this year. The Department for Education (DfE) have published a clear guide explaining how these results can be appealed. Click here to view more information. 

It is important to note if an appeal is submitted, the grade could go up, down or stay the same.

The appeals process:

  1. First, ask your school/college to check whether they made a mistake
  2. If the school/college identify a mistake they can submit a revised grade to the exam board to consider
  3. If no mistake is identified but you still believe your grade is wrong, you can ask your school/college to submit a formal appeal to exam board (You can only appeal for the following reasons: 
  • There was an error in the way the school/college followed or applied its procedure for determining your teacher assessed grade,
  • The school or college did not make a reasonable judgement when deciding which evidence to use to determine your teacher assessed grade,
  • The school or college did not make a reasonable judgement about your grade based on the evidence gathered
  • There was an error in the way the school or college conducted the centre review process
  • The exam board made an administrative error

 5. The exam board will investigate to the grounds on which the appeal is made and they will reconsider if grades need correcting. 

If you remain unsatisfied with the outcome your final route of appeal is to the Ofqual’s Exam Procedure Review (EPRS). They investigate whether the exam board has followed its rules and procedures.  EPRS will not consider whether you got the right grade or not unless they find that, the exam board made an error in its review procedure.

Click here to view a special Opportunities Bulletin edition for A Levels results day.  (pdf, 371kb)

Click here to view a special Opportunities Bulletin edition for GCSE results day. (pdf, 613kb) 

The bulletin includes:

  • Links to advice line, clearing and finance
  • Advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships 
  • General employment Opportunities 
  • Exam Results Helpline: 0800 100 9000 

Contact the Southwark Information, Advice and Support (SIAS) Team if you require further support.

SIAS offer impartial advice and guidance to young people aged 16-25 with special educational needs and or disabilities so that they can make informed decisions about their education and post 16 choices. 

Email: SIAS@southwark.gov.uk 

Telephone: 020 7525 3104