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After the announcement of another national lockdown and the cancellation of GCSE's in their traditional format this summer, we wanted to re-assure students and parents. 

The Academy will ensure that all KS4 students do not lose out . We are conscious that this is a particularly worrying time for Years 10 and 11. OCR exams are still going ahead Monday the 11th January and 13th January, safely following all Covid 19 regulations & guidance from the DFE.  

The government & Ofqual are going to put different arrangements in place for the summer GCSE exams series. Last year this was based on several forms of evidence for example, coursework, mock results etc, and this will undoubtedly be similar this summer.  At the moment, it is very important that all KS4 students carry on working as hard as they can, completing tasks set and attending online learning & revision. Schools will be asked to provide information about students based on work evidence, so we need to have as much feedback as we can about your quality of work,  your attitude to learning and your achievement in every subject in order to put forward for final grading by the exam boards. 


We thank you for your support during this unsettling time. 



Important update for students taking exams - December 2020

Year 11 Session 6 Timetable for 2020-21

Results Day 2020 


Please find information regarding Year 11 Results Day on 20th August 2020. Please see letter below which outlines how you will receive your results and who to contact with any queries:

Update: 20/08/2020

Please find below some useful resources for students receiving their qualifications this summer:


A Student guide to results that provides students with additional information to help them understand how their results have been awarded, what to expect on results day, options available to them if they are unhappy with their result, and details on the appeals process for GCSE, AS and A levels.

Information Leaflet outlining what next steps student can take with regards to moving onto courses having now received their results. Includes useful organisations to contact.
Careers Information Poster that outlines how the National Careers Service can help in addition to our own Careers Advisor, Mrs Rachel Davies.
My Choices is a Student Guide, produced by the Careers and Enterprise Company and designed to support you on results day, with links to useful resources and videos to help you make the right decision for you.
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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