Find out why you were given certain grades now, for free.
How can a request help me find out why I got a certain grade?
If you feel on results day that you were awarded an unfair grade, whether for GCSE, AS or A levels, it's within your rights to find out why.
Most schools used calculated grades to determine what grade you would have attained if it wasn't for the crisis.
These grades considered:
- Past performance
- Mock exam results
- Coursework (even if incomplete)
Unfortunately, while many schools have done their best, this does leave room for:
- Biased assessment
- Errors in previous results
- Not including your best work
If you don't feel like your grade or grades were arrived at fairly, you can either make an appeal through your school, or you can send a subject access request. We'd recommend doing both to put your appeal in the strongest position.
A Subject Access Request, or ‘SAR’ is a written request that you send to a company asking to see your personal data.
What will the subject access request tell me?
Well, an awful lot! Particularly if you are going to appeal your grades, knowing exactly what went into the decision makes your appeal stronger.
You'll get your:
- record of academic achievements
- correspondence about you by teachers
You can ask also ask specifically for the information that was used to determine your grades from your exam boards, such as OCR, AQA or WJEC.
How do I send a subject access request (SAR)?
The easiest way to find out where your information is by sending a request through Rightly. Just pick any exam board, school or sixth form college of your choice, and send your request in less than a minute. This will help you appeal any unfair GCSE grades or A-level marks by giving you the evidence to demonstrate it.
So I don't need a subject access request template?
Not at all. We've found that templates tend to vary in quality and also that it take a huge amount of time finding the right person to send it to, being caught in a back and forth verifying all of your documents with them and so on. That's why we made Rightly, to make it as safe and time-effective as possible for you to have more control over your data.
How long until the school or exam board responds to my request?
After they've received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. If this happens, which it may due to COVID-19, our support team is here to help!
Is it my right to ask for this information?
Absolutely. You can ask any organisation if they have your personal data, and what went into a decision like this being made about you counts as your personal data. They have to tell you what they have, as well as how and why they are using it. This is thanks to your ‘right of access’ under GDPR law. GDPR applies in the UK and EU.
We’re free because our mission is to make data fairer, for everyone.
This means that our services operate on a not-for-profit basis. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs, and that we’ll never, ever sell your data.
Still have questions?
We'd love to help.