hello, requesting thoughts from HODs. We teach fine art a2 level via aqa. They have increased the a* boundary from 77/80 to 78/80, (raw) the first was a huge ask and I find this new boundary far too high. Having been a HOD for a good number of years I am used to the boundary changes and unfortunately pupils do miss out, but this change has got me very annoyed having worked hard to get pupils into this top grade ( and the pupils obviously too). I am of course going to speak with my exams officer, I want to challenge this as I feel the pupils I marked at a* do have a* work but they now have an a. (I had some right on the 77) The moderator didn't move the marks and therefore agreed. My questions are...does anyone else have high grade pupils that they feel have missed out? Is it possible to challenge a grade boundary change? Also I have parents ( not that they are assessors) feeling pupils with a lower standard of work in neighbouring schools have been given a* suggesting in consistency in marking/moderation. Can the moderation process be challenged in a different way? Our moderator agreed with our marks and has commended us for our accuracy, so re moderation wouldn't be appropriate here. I'm feeling rather disappointed, and feel most likely I am going to be able to do nothing about the situation. I already have pupils not wanting to take the subject because its to hard and to time consuming saying it's easier to get a higher grade in other subjects. Thanks.