I am a parent of a pupil who sat AQA GCSE English this year in an independent school. He was predicted 8 for both Literature and Language. He scored 8s and 9s in all of his other subjects including English Literature but a 5 for English Language. This was surprising so his papers were recalled and reviewed by his teachers and a remark was suggested. Both papers came back unchanged which was disappointing as he was one mark off 6. C'est la vie, you win some, you lose some. I was going to leave it there but I did some research online to look at the expereince of other students. My son's experience with AQA English Language GCSE marking seems to be mirrored by many other students: predicted 8s ending up as 5s. They all report peers who have had the reverse experience; predicted 5s and ending up with 8s. My son has parents who have the financial resources to explore this further but many of the students in his position do not. Is there a systemic issue here or are their experiences all just coincidental aberrations? Also, would you advise I appeal the remark? I noticed in an earlier thread another contributor with an identical situation: "My daughter received a grade ( English) which was 3 grades below her target grade in August. The school immediately put in for a review of the scripts and they came back unchanged. Since then, both papers have been through the appeal process and she has been awarded 21 extra marks in total." I'd be grateful for any advice.