The Examinations Officer is Mrs Carol-Anne Lale, contactable by email c.lale@ralphallenschool.com or telephone 01225 838014.


If you have children in year 11 taking GCSEs this year, many of their results will be reported on the new grade scale which runs from 9 (the highest grade) to 1 (the lowest grade). Here's a brief guide to what that means. Ofqual blog page


EXAM dates

External Summer Exams run from 14 May - 22 June (GCSE) or 26 June (GCE) 2018.

GCSE timetable summer 2018 

GCE timetable summer 2018

Candidates have been issued with an individual candidate timetable and accompanying candidate handbook. The handbook gives candidates information on what to expect on exam day and information on results day and certificates.

 GCSE Candidate Handbook 2018 A Level Candidate Handbook 2018  

These handbooks should be read in conjunction to the information to candidates issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications below. 

Information to candidates

The following information is issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications and should be read and understood by students taking external examinations.

Information for candidates - Written Examinations

Information for candidates - Onscreen Tests

Information for candidates - Non Examination Assessment

Information to candidates - Controlled Assessments

Information to candidates - Coursework

Privacy notice

Social media

Warning to candidates

Mobile phone poster


Our internal appeals procedure covering internally assessed marks and post results services has recently been updated. Internal Appeals Procedure Policy 


on exam day

Candidates must arrive on time.

Should you experience problems on your journey to any of your exams (i.e. stuck in traffic, bus broken down) please contact the Exams Officer on 01225 838014. If we are unavailable to take your call please leave a message including your name and telephone number in case we need to call you back.

If you arrive late, but before the published start time, go to your exam venue.  You may be asked to report to the Exam Officer if your absence has already been reported.

If you arrive after the published start time you must report to the Exam Officer in the first instance and will be taken to your exam venue.

Illness or absence

Illness and other absences must be reported to the Exams Officer prior to the exam beginning. A parent/carer must ring the Exams Officer on 01225 838014 if for any reason you are unable to attend your exam and advise her accordingly. This action should be taken before your exam takes place.

In the event of illness during your exam you must advise the Invigilator for your room at the time.



Being present on results days is advisable so you are able to access support and guidance from members of staff on site should you need to.

A relative or friend may collect your results on your behalf. You must send a signed letter of authorisation with the collector. Results will not be given over the telephone under any circumstance. Any results not collected on the day will be posted to your address. Please make us aware of any changes.

If you are unable to receive your results via the options above you may, as a last resort, request that they are emailed to you. There are specific instructions you will need to follow if you choose this option. Use your school email address to send the request to ExamResults@ralphallenschool.com with “A level” or “GCSE” and your name in the title. To comply with data protection regulations, requests will only be accepted from student school email accounts. You are advised to make your request before 13 July to allow time to check your account, ensure you can gain access and report any issues to IT Support. Password requests can only be made in person before the end of the summer term. The Exam Office is unable to deal with email address/password queries. Emailed results will be sent after 1pm.

A level Results Thursday 16 August.

Results will be available for collection from the Sixth Form Centre between 8.00 -11.00 am.

If you have applied to University then please bring your UCAS number and password so you can log on to UCAS Track at school.

Do not come before 8 am as we need time to organise the results and prepare the best advice for those who need it. Some students will receive notifications from universities via email or Track so access to a computer is very helpful. We have computers available at school.

The Sixth Form team will be available until 3 pm if students have further questions. Mrs Lale, exams officer, will be available for queries concerning post exam results services. Information regarding review of marking and post exam result services will be given out on results day and posted on the website.

GCSE Results Thursday 23 August

Results will be available for collection from the Sixth Form Centre between 10 am – 12 pm.

Students planning to join the sixth form will be asked to join a queuing system to enrol and will wait in the Sixth Form Centre Hub Area.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team will be able to discuss any queries regarding missed entry requirements for future courses. Mrs Lale will be available for queries concerning post exam results services. Information regarding review of marking and post exam result services will be given on results day and posted on the website.


post results services

There are two types of post results services available should you be concerned over your results. You may request access to your script (ATS) to have an insight to how your exam was marked. You may request a review of results (ROR) and have a review of marking.

Details of post result services, deadlines, fees and how to apply for these services will be included within your results envelope.



Your certificates are valuable documents. Valuable in the sense that replacement copies can cost up to £45 per certificate but also as they are proof you studied at Ralph Allen and completed the course. This is irrespective of the grades you achieved.

If you go on to further education anytime in the future you will need to produce them. Many employers will also ask to see them. It is in your interest to collect your certificates even if you don’t think you will ever need them.

We are only obliged to keep your certificates for one year after which they will be securely destroyed. Replacements will only be available directly from the relevant awarding bodies at a cost as previously mentioned.

How to get your certificates.

The best time to collect your certificates is during certificate presentation evenings. Celebration evenings will be arranged for students who sat exams in summer 2018 allowing you to come back together and collect your certificates. Dates to be announced nearer the time. If you are unable to attend this event certificates will be made available for collection from the main school reception

GCSE 10-13 December 2018

A level 7-11 January 2019

Certificates may be collected by a friend or relative by giving us written authorisation. Photo ID must be provided by the person collecting on your behalf.

If you would like your certificates to be posted to you, please note that they will be sent by Recorded Delivery at a cost of £4.50. This can be organised through the schools cash office online payment system whist you are a current student or via cash or cheque once off roll. Please complete this posting request form and return to the exams office 

Previous year's certificates

There is limited availability to collect previous years certificates and by prior arrangement only. Certificates will not be available during examinations or results periods. You should either;

1.    Email Mrs Tooley, Examinations Assistant s.tooley@ralphallenschool.com asking to arrange collection. If you are unable to collect certificates yourself you may email Mrs Tooley with details of who you would like to collect them on your behalf. The nominated person will need to bring photo ID with them upon collection. Unfortunately if we cannot see any ID we will not be able to release your certificates.

2.    Use this Certificate Postage Request Form  to request postage of your certificates with a payment of £3.50 to cover the cost of posting and packaging. Cheques payable to Ralph Allen School.

I’ve lost my examination certificates, where can I get hold of copies?

Over the past twenty years a number of examination boards have merged. If you are not sure which board/s you took your examinations with or how to contact them please see the document produced by Ofqual at http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/help-and-support/94-articles/264-getting-copies-of-exam-certificates This shows how examination boards merged to form the current awarding bodies.

If you still cannot remember which board/s you took your examinations with you can contact the various awarding bodies to see if they have a record of you achieving a qualification with them. 

Please note that there is generally a charge for issuing confirmation of qualifications and you will need to be able to prove that you are the certificate holder.



Details of the courses, specification codes and awarding bodies that are being followed and assessed summer 2018 are shown below 

GCSE and Equivalent 

A Level and Equivalent