• "Teachers focus on helping pupils succeed in the Year 11 examinations." -OFSTED 2019

The information on this page is related to all exams taken at Hertswood Academy, including internal assessments. It contains important information for candidates and sets out clear expectations for exams.

Candidates are expected to read and adhere to the following guidance prior to the start of their course and before the start of every exam season. Candidates will receive this information electronically and during special exam assemblies.

The following link will take you to Joint Council of Qualification Information for Candidates” page.

Information For Candidates


Exam certificates: Hertswood Academy holds students’ certificates for one year from receipt. After this time, certificates are destroyed. Duplicate certificates can be obtained directly from the awarding body for a fee.

For any information regarding exams. please email exams@hertswoodacademy.org.

Summer 2021

  • Summer 2021 exam season has been cancelled. See information below.
  • The exam boards usually have a contingency date for the summer exams. This means that any student taking external exams in summer 2021 should ensure they remain available to sit exams up to the end of the summer term. The contingency period set is up to and including 16th July 2021.
  • Summer 2021 arrangement updates: https://www.jcq.org.uk/summer-2021-arrangements/

25th February 2021: Ofqual made the following announcement “How qualifications will be awarded in 2021” (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021).

January 2021: In a statement to Parliament, the Education Secretary has confirmed that GCSE, AS and A level exams will not go ahead this summer but will be replaced by a form of teacher-assessed grades, with training and support provided to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently.

Ofquals Simon Lebus, Chief Regulator, has also released a message to all concerned.