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Please check this section and the Letters page for the latest on the 2019-20 exam cycle and results. 

Exam Information


Timetabled examinations take place in January, May and June.  Other examinations, such as Controlled Assessments and Speaking exams, are set by subject teachers throughout the academic year, following awarding body timescales.  Mock GCSE examinations will take place during the academic year.

The JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) set down strict criteria, which must be followed for the conduct of examinations and The Hereford Academy is required to follow them precisely.


Starting time of examinations are set by the Examination Board; these have a small margin of adjustment.  At The Hereford Academy we normally start morning examinations at 9:00am, and afternoon examinations at 1:00pm.


If you experience difficulties during the examination period (e.g. illness, injury, and personal problems) please inform the School at the earliest possible opportunity, so we can help or advise you on what you should do.


Candidates are under formal examination conditions from the moment they enter the exam room so must enter and leave the venue in silence, this avoids disturbing those candidates who may be still working, but also helps to maintain a calm atmosphere.


The school and the examination boards take breaches of examination regulations very seriously.  Parents should remind their children on the importance of good behaviour in an examination, as any disruption/upset to other candidates will not be tolerated.  The Head teacher and the Exams Officer have the authority to remove any disruptive candidates.

If a candidate is disruptive and is asked to leave, this will be reported to the examination board which may lead to disqualification from all exams in that particular subject.


It is the aim of The Hereford Academy to make the examination experience as stress-free and successful as possible for all candidates.  Examinations can still be stressful, but please ask for help.  A problem shared is a problem halved – problems can be solved and are easier to sort out sooner, rather than later.


Please read/download/print the Exams Guidance Booklet for Students and Parents below for more information.


If students or parents have any queries or need help or advice at any time before, during or after the examinations please contact the Exams Officer.

Be exam smart


Important information & guidance from Ofqual for students and parents to help students avoid making mistakes which could lose them marks or lead to disqualification from an exam.


2019 Leavers Certificate Collection


GCSE certificates for 2019 leavers are now ready to collect from reception between the hours of 9am and 3pm. If you wish to have them posted home, we are now able to do this from Monday 2nd December. Please ensure we have the correct address as no responsibility will be taken for any lost certificates. Please request in writing.

If you wish for a nominated person to collect on your behalf then we must have prior notice in writing from yourself with the name of the person collecting on your behalf.  The nominated person must bring ID and sign on collection of certificates. Click here to download the permission slip for collection/postal delivery of certificates, which needs to be returned to Ms Turner - You can do this via email to “


Exams Guidance Booklet for Students and Parents

JCQ - no mobiles in exams

JCQ video highlighting the risks and consequences of taking your mobile phone into an exam.

Drive the Results 2020 Information

For further information, please contact our Exams Officer, Ms M Turner

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