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This page contains the latest information about exams, including statutory guidance and notices provided by JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications).  Additionally, you will find information about forthcoming exam seasons, a full exam timetable for any forthcoming exams and forms to be completed if an exam result appeal is required. 

Grading arrangements for Summer 2021

The Minster Trust Guide to Awarding Grades for Students and Families

Click here for The Minster Trust Guide to Awarding Grades for Students and Families.


The Minster School Summer 2021 Centre Policy

Our school policy, based on a model policy produced by JCQ and adapted by our Trust. This policy outlines our general approach to the grading process this year and has been quality assured by the JCQ.

Click here for our summer 2021 Centre Policy.


Subject Grade Protocols

This folder contains all of the individual subject protocols for deciding grades. They outline some general principles and the specific approach taken in each qualification. Within each protocols is a description of the evidence which will be used in deciding final grades.

Click here for our summer 2021 subject grade protocols. 



Click here for the MITRE Exam Centre Review and Appeals Process

Click here for the Minster Guide to Appeals


Further Information

Click here for the government's Student Guide to Awarding in Summer 2021

Click here for JCQ Guidance for Students, Parents and Guardians.

Click here for the JCQ Guide to the Special Consideration Process. Special consideration is working differently this year, but this document gives an idea of the circumstances that can be considered.


Results Collection Summer 2021

A-Level results day: Tuesday 10th August, results available from 8:30am

GCSE results day: Thursday 12th August, results available from 9:00am

Please click here for our guide to collecting results.

Are you not going to be here on results day? Please click here for the form to nominate a relative or friend to collect, or click here to request for your results to be posted to you. 


Autumn Exam Entries

Students who would have sat exams in summer 2021 are able to sit exams in Autumn 2021. Deadlines are on the forms. 

Click here for the A-level exam entry form (goes live on 10th August 2021)

Click here for the GCSE exam entry form (goes live on 12th August 2021)

Exam Certificates

Exam certificates are available to collect by appointment. Please contact for details. 

Exam timetables

Exam timetables will be posted here when available. 

Joint Council for Qualifications Notices

Every year JCQ issues notices to candidates to make sure all exam board regulations are followed.  Copies of all JCQ notices are found in the files for download at the bottom of the page.

Key exam dates
Date Event
10 August 2021 Summer 2021 A-Level results released
12 August 2021 Summer 2021 GCSE results released
01 September 2021 Autumn A-level entry deadline
27 September 2021 Autumn GCSE entry deadline
04 October 2021 Autumn A-Level exams start
22 October 2021

Autumn A-Level exams finish

01 November 2021 Autumn GCSE English and Mathematics exams start
09 November 2021 Autumn GCSE English and Mathematics exams finish
15 November 2021 Autumn GCSE other subjects exams start
03 December 2021 Autumn GCSE other subjects exams finish


Past papers and specifications

Specifications for courses and any available past papers are available on the exam board's websites, with information about which courses are currently being studied at school within subject areas on this website.  Students will also have been informed of the exam courses they are studying.