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

EXAM DATES 2018/19

External November GCSE Resits.

There is an opportunity in November to resit Mathematics and English Language GCSE. English Language exams take place on 5 and 7 November. Mathematics take place on 6, 8 and 12 November. All exams start at 9am. 

Internal mock exams 

Year 11 mocks week commencing 26 November 2018 Click for time table

Year 13 mocks week commencing 21 January 2019

Year 12 mocks week commencing 17 June 2019

External summer exams run from 13 May - 17 June* (GCSE) or 20 May - 25 June* (GCE) 2019.

*Wednesday 26 June is the JCQ contingency day for GCSE and/or GCE examinations in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations. It is part of the awarding bodies' standard contingency planning for examinations. Candidates must remain available until Wednesday 26 June 2019 should an awarding body need to invoke its contingency plan.  

Please see the provisional timetable below which can be used as a guide until exam entries are made. Once entries are made students will be issued with their individual timetables which override this provisional timetable.

Provisional external summer exam timetable 2019


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 - 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 


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.


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 £4.50 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-certificatesThis 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 2019 are shown below 

GCSE and Equivalent 

A Level and Equivalent