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    Hi all,

    Not sure whether I'm on the right part of the forum, but I'll roll with it.

    Is there any way to tell whether extenuating circumstances have been applied to your GCSE grades? I was very unwell at the time, but I am sure that this wasn't taken into consideration and would like some proof of that.

    I can't really contact my school as it has been some years since I did my exams.

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by gakusei)
    Hi all,

    Not sure whether I'm on the right part of the forum, but I'll roll with it.

    Is there any way to tell whether extenuating circumstances have been applied to your GCSE grades? I was very unwell at the time, but I am sure that this wasn't taken into consideration and would like some proof of that.

    I can't really contact my school as it has been some years since I did my exams.

    Thanks!
    There is no reason why you can't contact the school, unless by "some years" you mean a very lot of years. If it has been a very long time you could try contacting the examiners (contact details on their web site), they generally won't respond directly to you with such confidential details though as they have no way to identify you are who you say you are. Whether or not it was applied, it can't be changed now anyway. Keep in mind that special consideration for health problems doesn't usually have a huge impact on the results, just a few %.


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    (Original post by gakusei)
    Hi all,

    Not sure whether I'm on the right part of the forum, but I'll roll with it.

    Is there any way to tell whether extenuating circumstances have been applied to your GCSE grades? I was very unwell at the time, but I am sure that this wasn't taken into consideration and would like some proof of that.

    I can't really contact my school as it has been some years since I did my exams.

    Thanks!
    Can your parents remember? Unless your parents were asked for written proof from e.g. a GP or consultant, then it's unlikely that your schools went through the Extenuating Circumstances process. It is a formal process which requires the submission of reports and evidence. Whilst you might not have been directly involved, your parents would have been.

    However as the above poster says, the adjustments aren't generous. I've seen an allowance of 5% quoted for the death of a parent, so unless you were very near a grade boundary, ECs were unlikely to have made much difference to your final result.

    You could try asking your school but the info may not have been kept, depending on how old you are, The law only requires school pupil records to be held for five years after they leave. Local Authorities may have their own guidance e.g. Lewisham, where guidance is that detailed records for individual students can be disposed of once the student reaches the age of 25, which is likely to be slightly longer.

    In any case, if your GCSEs were taken that long ago, it may not be relevant to your situation at this point. If a uni or employer requires a grade C in a subject and you have a grade D, I doubt that trying to prove you had unmitigated extenuating circumstances at the time, would make them lenient.
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    Thank you for your replies!

    I am applying to uni this year, and it's my GCSE grades that are severely limiting my options, I have contacted various unis and they say they will consider me despite my grades but a few are assuming that this was already taken into account at the time of my exams. I have asked my parents and they don't remember going through anything like you have described but I was wondering if there was any solid proof I could obtain (such as on my results report) I could show them.

    I will see if I can find another way.
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    (Original post by gakusei)
    Thank you for your replies!

    I am applying to uni this year, and it's my GCSE grades that are severely limiting my options, I have contacted various unis and they say they will consider me despite my grades but a few are assuming that this was already taken into account at the time of my exams. I have asked my parents and they don't remember going through anything like you have described but I was wondering if there was any solid proof I could obtain (such as on my results report) I could show them.

    I will see if I can find another way.
    Assuming that you're around 17/18 years old, the school where you took your GCSEs should still hold your detaled records. They should be able to tell you.

    If your parents don't remember it, then it probably didn't happen.
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    (Original post by Klix88)
    Assuming that you're around 17/18 years old, the school where you took your GCSEs should still hold your detaled records. They should be able to tell you.
    Thank you, I'm 20 :/, I'll contact them just to see if still have any record, it's worth a try.
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    (Original post by gakusei)
    Thank you, I'm 20 :/, I'll contact them just to see if still have any record, it's worth a try.
    You're well within the five year legal retention requirement, so the school should still have your records.
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    The school should be able to trace applications for special consideration directly with exam boards. It is unlikely that the applications will appear on your school records (although they may have evidence of your illness on file). A letter from your exams officer, stating that special consideration applications were made will evidence that you were ill however if special consideration was already applied and you received additional marks this might not work in your favour.
 
 
 
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