Exam Information

External examinations

From Year 10 onwards, all students will take external examinations. The main external examinations are the GCSEs and A-levels. The summer timetables can be found on this page alongside key guidance for students and parents.

In addition to the external exams, there are a number of GCSE subjects whose students are required to undertake controlled assessments in the classroom, under ‘formal’ or ‘less formal’ conditions, as directed by the exam boards.

These tests are set on specific dates and times in the months prior to the main summer exams and attendance is essential if students are to successfully complete and receive an award for the subject concerned. Students will be given advanced notice of the dates and times of these assessments by their subject teachers.

Further information is available below on sitting controlled assessments. There is also information available on the rules relating to coursework and on-screen tests.

All candidates should be aware of what they are allowed and not allowed to do and bring to exams and in particular that mobile phones and other mobile devices are not permitted. Candidate should also be aware of restrictions regarding the use of social media.

All candidates must familiarise themselves with the information below. These are the regulations that must be followed and rules that must be understand and adhered to for each examination.


TAG (Teacher-assessed grade) and Appeals information

In the 2020-21 academic year, student grades have been awarded using teacher-assessments. The documents below provide further information about this process. 

While every effort has been made to ensure that the grades awarded are a just representation of the academic performance of students, we know that some students may have questions about their grades, or may even wish to appeal them. Further information about appeals can be found in the 2021 TAGs Update 2021 (June) letter (link below).

Official Student Guidance and Forms

TAGs Update 2021 (June) 

Trinity Academy - Centre Policy

TAGs - Trinity Academy (Parents and Students)

JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021


Exam Board – Candidate Information 

Rehearsal Examinations



In all year groups, students also have internal examinations. At Trinity we call these rehearsals. Some schools use the word mocks in Years 11 and 13.

It is essential that students prepare effectively for these examinations and develop good study habits that will serve them well in the real, external examinations. Here is some advice that all students can follow as they prepare.

  • Try to reach your revision targets but don’t study too much and leave yourself tired.
  • Get a good night’s rest, eat well and drink plenty of water.
  • Get organised for the exam, checking you have everything you need and understand what is involved.
  • Arrive for your exam early – you will add to the pressure if you are running late.
  • Exam papers contain all of the guidance you need. Take the time to understand the questions, the marks involved and which questions appear difficult. Start with your strongest areas offering the most marks to give yourself a confident start.
  • Bring a watch or other time-keeping equipment (within the rules of the exam) to time your answers and pace yourself correctly.
  • Make draft notes for long answers to plan your work and help remember all of the key areas.
  • Try and leave enough time to read through your answers before the exam closes.
  • You cannot change answers once the exam is finished so don’t worry about questions you found difficult, or you feel may not be correct. Instead, try to think about how you can improve your approach ready for your next exam.

Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, only Year 12 will have rehearsal examinations in the summer term 2020-21. Year 12 rehearsal examinations will take place on 21-25th June, 2021. 


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