We are just going through the process at the moment and at DD's school the predicted grades are included in tthe school reference. The school allow girls to see this reference before it is sent although I believe from speaking to UCAS that they are not required to do this. The school only have to let the student see the reference but this can be after it has bee submitted which is clearly not so useful.
What does seem to be the case is that it is worth arguing about predicted grades wherever they are not as high as you would like because they seem to be assuming ever more importance with admissions tutors.
Anecdotal evidence abounds of people who have been denied places because the predictions were not high enough.
For example Oxford is being somewhat disengenuous when it says it will not make A* offers in this admissions cycle since,when pressed, the admissions office say that they will want to see as many A* predictions as possible.
Thanks for the info. I hadn't thought about A* predictions - but that is certainly an interesting point about Oxford. They may not be making A* offers, but they are clearly taking A* predictions into account...
We are just happy that DD is predicted to get the grades normally requested for the course she wants to do. We know that anywhere asking for AAB last year will probably be after AAA this year, and apart from Cambridge I don't think anyone will be asking for an A*...but as DD is offering 4 subjects at A2 we are hoping it wont count against her if she is "only" predicted 4 As!