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Examination Information

Summer 2024 Examinations

The confirmed Summer 2024 examination series begins Thursday 2nd May 2024.

A full list of examination dates can be found here

The awarding exam bodies designate a ‘contingency days’ for examinations, for Summer 2024  is afternoons of Thursday 6th and Thursday13th June as well as the day of Wednesday 26th June 2024.

Candidates must remain available up to and including Wednesday 26th June 2024 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.

The designation of a ‘contingency day’ is within the common examination timetable is in the event of national or significant local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies’ standard contingency planning for examinations. This allows flexibility in the event that should an event arise nationally or locally during the exam period such that no students (or a large number of them) are able to take an exam when planned.

Once a student has completed all his/her exams there is no need to remain available, but any plans made before then are made at their own risk.

GCSE results day: Thursday 22nd August 2024


Revision and exam tips

The BBC Bitesize The Mindset https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z3hpgdm series draws together videos giving tips, hacks and advice for exams including: study self-care, how to stay calm when revising and study-life balance.

Exam time can often be as stressful for parents/carers as it is for our pupils. The Mindset also provides advice for parents/carers when their children face exams. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zq8xtrd


Instructions and Guidance

Candidate Examination Booklet   - click here

The Candidate Examination Booklet provides examination guidance for pupils and parents/carers.

An animated video detailing the instructions that candidates should be aware of ahead of an examination series. The video highlights the rules which apply before, during and after an examination.

Information to candidates 

Information to candidates documents are produced by Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) https://www.jcq.org.uk/ to advise and help candidates. Please read carefully and follow the instructions.

Information to candidates – Written examinations

Information to candidates – Non-examination assessments

Information for candidates - On-screen tests

Information for Candidates – Social Media - Using social media and examinations - guidance for staying within exam regulations.

Information for Candidates – Privacy Notice 2021/2022 - Information awarding bodies collect about candidates and how it is used.

Warning to candidates - Key rules to examinations.

Unauthorised items poster - Items not permitted in the examination room.

Examination Checklist


Candidates are responsible for bringing their own calculator for exams and must ensure they meet the awarding bodies’ regulations. (see the Candidate Examination Booklet)

Collection of GCSE Certificates

All students are invited to an Award Ceremony Evening to collect their examination certificates. This usually takes place during the autumn term following the issue of results slips on results day. A letter with further details will be sent out prior to this event taking place.

If you are unable to attend the Award Ceremony Evening your certificates must be collected in person AFTER the Award Ceremony Evening has taken place.

Certificates will NOT be given to anyone other than the pupil without the pupil’s written authorisation.

Each year, more and more ex-pupils are disappointed to find that prospective employees are requesting proof of qualifications. Exam boards no longer issue replacement certificates where originals have been lost or were not collected from school. Each exam board will issue a Statement of Results - however a SUBSTANTIAL fee will be charged by EACH exam board for EACH exam session and for EACH level of exam.

If there are siblings currently attending the school, you may write a letter of authorisation to nominate your sibling to collect your certificates on your behalf.

Alternatively, parents/carers can collect your certificates on your behalf if you provide them with written consent, which they must bring with them together with proof of their identification.

Examination Certificate Information – classes 2022, 2021 and 2020

Dear Classes of 2022, 2021 and 2020

Exam Certificates for your qualifications are able to be collected from the school’s reception: Monday – Friday between the hours of 9.00am and 3.00pm (during term time).

If you are unable to collect your certificates in person you can nominate an individual to pick them up on your behalf. Your nominee will need to bring a note signed by you, stating that you give them permission to pick-up your certificates. The person collecting the certificates will also need to bring a copy of identification to prove who they are.

Unfortunately, we are unable to post certificates out as they need to be signed for.

Contact Us

St Patrick's RC High School
56 New Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 7JJ