Essential Advice for Candidates for 2020/2021 Examination Period 

Please take a moment to carefully read the information about the procedures linked to the examination in 2020/2021 academic year.

Results Day 2021

Level 3  (A Level) – Tuesday 24th August 2021

Level 2 (GCSE) – Friday 27th August 2021

Exam Timetables

Parents/carers can access their child’s exam timetable through the ‘My Child at School’ online portal.  Students can access their exam timetable through the student portal. This will appear after the entry deadline in February and you will be prompted to check the candidate information.

Please make sure your child can access their timetables.  Should you experience any problems accessing these, please contact us.

All mock timetables will be emailed out.

Where and when are my exams?

All examination periods, including mocks, will appear on the Academy Calendar.

You will receive your own individual candidate timetable for external examinations.  Once you have received your individual candidate timetable, please check your timetable carefully and report any concerns to the Examinations Officer.

Contingency Day

For the Summer 2021 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by JCQ and the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of.

This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2020 examination series.”

The decision comes following the tragic event, should it happen in and around the summer period, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam (or exams) in the event of an incident and rearrange them for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance.

The date that has been set aside as a contingency day is TBC.

This is not the academy’s decision and it applies to all candidates in all schools.

Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan.

When do I need to get to the Academy?

Morning exams start promptly at 9am.

Afternoon exams start promptly at 1:30pm.

Exam line-up takes place 15 minutes before this time.

What should I bring?

Your equipment in a clear pencil case – black pen, HB pencil, ruler, rubber, sharpener, highlighter; if required, a calculator but no lids, maths set (protractor, compass etc.).

You are encouraged to bring a water in a clear bottle with no label.

What should I NOT bring?

Potential technological/web enabled sources of information such as an iPod, a mobile phone, a MP3/MP4 player or similar device, all watches

Food, unless you are diabetic in which case please speak to the Examinations Officer before your exams

Your coat and bag – these need to be left in your lockers.

Revision notes etc. – there should be nothing in your blazer pockets such as sweet wrappers/ crisp packets or anything in writing

You will also need to ensure that your hands and arms are free from any notes or writing

What if I am ill?

If at all possible you should attend the examination

If you are unable to attend due to serious illness you must inform the Academy Attendance Office in the usual way, but also informing them that you are due to sit an exam

If you are absent due to serious illness you must provide a doctor’s letter, which needs to be given to the Examinations Officer within 5 days of the exam missed. The exam board will request this.

What if I am late?

Do not panic! Make sure you telephone the Academy using number 01634 717121 and explain the situation giving an expected time of arrival

Do not walk into the exam room without a member of the exam team or attendance staff 

Can I leave early if I have finished?

No. Candidates leaving early can cause a disturbance that is unfair to others in the exam.

Please note: Afternoon examinations may finish after the end of the school day, so candidates may need to make arrangements to get home if you normally use the buses.


Students will be contacted when certificates are available for collection due to COVID restrictions on visiting the school site.

Once you have your Certificates, please do not lose them. The examination boards will charge you for replacements.

We are unable to post your Certificates home, collection only!

If you have any queries or need help or advice at any time before, during or after examinations please contact:

Examinations Officer: Julie Towes  


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