The Examinations Office administers over 6000 public examination entries throughout the year for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. The major exam session is in May/June. We currently use four examination boards for more than 20 different subject areas. All examinations run at the school adhere to the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) rules and they publish notices for the candidates to read. It is important that all candidates and parents are familiar with the regulations.

For all exam queries please email:

The department is staffed by:-

Mrs D Fitzgerald – Examinations Officer –

Mr M Carr – Assistant Examinations Officer –

A panel of trained invigilators (approx 25) are responsible for the everyday running of the exams and looking after the needs of the students during the exam sessions.

The Exams Guidance Booklet is a handy reference guide for parents and students covering all aspects of public examinations including a FAQ section.

All the school exam timetables will be published on the website as soon as available and all students receive a copy of their individual timetables as soon as all entries are complete.


Exams Policies and Regulations

Information for Candidates – Non-Examination Assessment

Information for Candidates – Coursework Assessments

Information for Candidates – Written Examinations

Information for Candidates – On-Screen Tests

Information for Candidates – No Unauthorised Items

Information for Candidates – Privacy Notice

Information for Candidates – Warning to Candidates

Information for Candidates – Social Media 

Exams Guidance for Students and Parents – 2020-21 


Awarding Grades Summer 2021

Please see below a collection of information regarding the awarding of grades for Summer 2021:


Simon Balle School Correspondence

Letter April 2021

Letter May 2021

Summer 2021 – Candidate Confirmation Form

Centre Policy for Determining Teacher Assessed Grades – Summer 2021

Summer 2021 Results and Appeals Process

The appeals process for the summer exams 2021

GCSE Letter for Results Day 2021

A Level Letter for Results Day 2021


Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

Guidance for Students, Parents and Guardians: GCSE’s and AS/A Levels in England Summer 2021



How Qualifications will be Awarded in 2021:

Ofqual – Student Guide to Awarding Summer 2021

How GCSEs AS and A Levels will be awarded in Summer 2021:


Department for Education

Awarding Qualifications in Summer 2021: