Welcome to the Exams Page. Information has been split into sections providing material in the following areas:

Exam Entry Information

In this area you can find details of the examination courses on offer at Helsby High School. Although the majority of GCSE and GCE A Level qualifications are currently in a modular/unitised format, meaning that assessment is broken down into a number of parts which are individually entered and reported upon, recent changes mean that qualifications must now be taken in a linear manner. This requires entries for all units making up a qualification and the code for claiming the qualification grade (often called ‘aggregating’ or ‘cashing-in’ the qualification) to be made in the same examination session at the end of the course.

Exam Syllabi 17-18 lists awarding body and specification code information for Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11 ) and Key Stage 5 (6th form) subjects studied at Helsby High School.

Examination Entry Application Form for use by Helsby High School pupils only.

Exam Timetables

Detailed timetables for forthcoming internal and external examinations will be posted in this section as soon as they are confirmed. Teachers should inform students when they will be taking examinations as part of their course, however individual timetables will be issued to all students taking external examinations.

Exam timetables are also published on the Awarding Body websites.

2016-2017 Exam Session Dates
Year 9 End of Key Stage Exams 3 May 2017 – 6 May 2017
Summer examination series 15 May 2017 – 29 June 2017

Important Information for Candidates

Regulations for the conduct of assessments and examinations are overseen by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). All candidates need to be aware of the regulations affecting their behaviour and responsibilities whilst completing a qualification. Click on the following links to read this important documentation.

Results & Post Results Services

Results will be published on the dates shown below. During term time, these results will be issued to you via your form tutor in your registration period. In the summer, the school will be open for you to collect results. More information about this will be provided nearer the time as arrangements are finalised.

Examination Session Results Issue
November 2016 – GCSE Maths and English Thursday 12th January 2017
Summer 2017 – GCE A Level Thursday 17th August 2017
Summer 2017 – GCSE Thursday 24th August 2017


  • Specification and Unit Level Grade Boundaries these detail the marks required to obtain each grade at unit and qualification level. It is especially important to check this information when your qualification grade is awarded (GCSE, AS level, A level etc) as, if you are close to the upper grade boundary, there may be a chance that you could achieve the better grade if you apply for one of the Post Results Services. Please refer to the Awarding Body websites for information regarding Grade Boundaries. There are links to pages for students and grade boundaries from the front page of each website (see below).
  • HHS Guide to Post Results Services gives details of the options available to you if you are unhappy with your results.
  • Post Results Services Application Form
  • Exam Board Post Results Fees 2017



Certificates for November exams arrive in school approximately two months following the publication of results. Certificates from the summer exams arrive in school during October. They are collated and available for collection by the beginning of December.

If, at this time, you are still a pupil at the school, the certificates are kept securely until you have completed your studies here. All your certificates will then be available to you in the December following Year 11 or Year 13. Certificates will be needed for most jobs or further education applications and, as examination boards charge in the region of £40 for each replacement certificate, it can be a very costly exercise for you if they are collected and subsequently lost. However, if you not wish to leave them in our safekeeping, you are more than welcome to collect them from the Exams Office.

If you have left school, a letter will be sent to your last recorded address to advise you that your certificates are ready for collection. If someone else will be collecting them on your behalf, please ensure that they have your written authority to do so.

Certificates will be kept for a minimum of 12 months. After this time, the school is able to destroy any uncollected certificates in a confidential manner. If you have not collected your certificates within this 12 month period, please contact the Exam Office to check whether we are still holding the documents before completing an application for replacements from the exam board.

Each exam board’s procedures for obtaining official confirmation of examination results following the loss or destruction of certificates are detailed on their website. Please click on the exam board name below to be taken to the relevant webpage.