Exam Guidance

Summer 2021

Key Dates – 


Results Day – Thursday 12th August 2021


Results Day – Monday 5th July 2021


Results Day – Level 1/Level 2: Friday 27th August 2021

                       Level 3: Tuesday 24th August 2021

A Level 

Results Day – Tuesday 12th August 2021


Examination Boards & Specifications we use:

Parkside Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

PKS 6th Y13 Exam Boards 2019_2020

Coleridge Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Trumpington Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

CAST Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

CAST Y13 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes to Examination Specifications for Academic Year 20/21

Changes – Parkside Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – Coleridge Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – Trumpington Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – CAST Y11 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – CAST Y13 Exam Boards 2020_21

Changes – PKS 6th Y13 Exam Boards 2020_21

Exams Procedures 

For GCSE & A Level – Statements of entry will be released to candidates following February half term of the certificating year.  Candidates must check their Name, Date of Birth, and Subjects are correct. This should then be signed and returned to the school. For tiered subjects, entries will be made based on previous data; should a candidate wish to change their tier, they should meet with the Head of Department. 

A general timetable will be distributed in the spring term, with individual candidate timetables distributed before the Easter holidays. 

On the day 

Candidates should arrive 45 minutes prior to the published examination start time and wait in the appropriate place, which will be advised prior to the exam series. 

Candidates will then be registered, and called into their designated examination rooms. Once they have entered their examination room, they must adhere to JCQ guidance. For information on behaviour in examinations, please see information for candidates – written exams.

Candidates will be informed of the rules of the examination prior to each paper, and will be asked to check that the paper they are about to sit is correct. Should they have the wrong subject or tier paper in front of them, or if they do not have the provisions to support any access arrangements, they should alert an invigilator as soon as possible. 

Once they have finished the time allowed for the paper, they will be dismissed. Once they leave the examination room, they should remain quiet and move away from any designated examination areas. Candidates are also asked not to discuss the content of the examination on social media, please see social media advice

Illness or Adverse Circumstances 

In the case of illness on the day of the examination, please ring the school before 8am, and email exams@cap.education, with your child’s FULL NAME and SCHOOL NAME as the subject.

In the case of any illness, injury, or any other event which may have a negative impact on the candidate, please inform the exams officer via email (exams@cap.education), including any evidence. We will then let you know if we are able to apply for special consideration for the candidate. For more information about special consideration please read the guide to special consideration.

Any candidate with symptoms of COVID should not attend school or any examinations – a COVID test should be booked as a matter of urgency. Further information can be found here.

Results Day Information

Each candidate’s results will be printed and must be collected from their respective school on results day, specific information regarding this will be sent out at the end of the exam series. 

If the candidate is unable to collect their results, they may nominate someone to collect results on their behalf. This nominee must be made known to the Exams Officer via a signed letter from the candidate, at the latest one month prior to results day. This includes cases in which a parent/guardian will be collecting on behalf of the candidate. Nominees must bring photographic ID so that school staff are able to identify them. 

Any results which are uncollected will be posted out the day after results day. We do not need confirmation that candidates wish to have their results posted home. 

Post-Results Information

Once candidates have collected their results, they are able to discuss their grades more in-depth with subject teachers.

If candidates wish to gain access to their scripts, have a review of marking or any other post-results services, they must fill in the forms included in their results envelope and post it to the school exams team office:

Examinations Office
United Learning Cambridge Cluster
Coleridge Community College
Radegund Road


Following their results, students are able to appeal if they believe there has been an error in the grading process.

All students have the opportunity to appeal their grade if they meet the eligibility criteria (see below). It is important to note that an appeal may result in a grade being lowered, staying the same, or going up. So if a student puts in an appeal and their grade is lowered, they will receive the lower grade and this cannot be reverted. There is also the option to resit GCSEs in the autumn, which may be preferable for some students. The design, content and assessment of these papers will be the same as in a normal year.

Full details of the appeals process have been published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) here.

How to submit an appeal

To submit an appeal, please read the school’s full appeals procedure in our Centre Policy here and download the JCQ’s appeals form here.

Students must send the completed form to col-exams@cap.education (preferably from their school email address). Please provide a contact phone number in the email as we will call to check that the student has submitted the appeal before proceeding. WE WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR APPEAL UNTIL WE HAVE CONFIRMED YOU HAVE MADE THE APPEAL SO IT IS VITAL YOU INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

Certificate Information 

Certificates will not be available until November of the year exams are sat. Once these are received by the Exams Team, a letter will be sent to families regarding collection. 

Any certificates which are uncollected will be stored securely for 12 months from the date of issue, after which time they will be destroyed, to adhere to JCQ guidance on unclaimed certificates. 

If candidates wish to claim certificates more than 12 months after issue, they must contact the exam boards directly. For guidance on which exam boards each candidate must contact, please email the following addresses:

Coleridge: col-exams@cap.education
Parkside: pks-exams@cap.education
Trumpington: tru-exams@cap.education
CAST: cast-exmas@cap.education

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