Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government has decided that the Summer 2021 examination series will not go ahead as planned. Instead, teachers will determine your grades, based upon a range of evidence verified by your school.

These results will then be reviewed by the exam boards who designed each course, before awarding the final grades which reflect your performance on content you have been taught, and allow you to confidently progress to the next stage of your education or into employment.

JCQ, the Joint Council for Qualifications, has published a document providing an overview of the most important information that you and your parents or guardians need to know about how grades will be awarded this summer. This includes a timeline of what is happening and when; how teachers, schools and colleges will determine your grades; and when you will receive your results. Please click the link below:

Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England Summer 2021

You can find more information in the full JCQ guidance document, published on the JCQ website here and further updates will be available on the Ofqual website here.

Ofqual have also published a Student guide to awarding Summer 2021 here and some advice that you may find helpful here.

Remember, if you are worried about anything to do with your exams, please speak to the staff at school.  You can also contact your Careers Adviser, Christine Thomson:

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has put into place rules and regulations to allow examinations to run as smoothly as possible and to ensure fairness for all students. Please click the links below to view the notices and guidelines for candidates issued by JCQ for the Summer 2021 exam series which you need to be familiar with:

We have a number of exams policies in place to ensure that all the JCQ regulations are followed, which you can view below:

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Liz Butler, Exams Officer, by email to or on 0161 883 2401 extension 1026.