External Examination Information — including arrangements for Summer 2021

These are exams set by the awarding bodies (AQA, Pearson Edexcel, NCFE, OCR, RSL and WJEC Eduqas). These exams count directly towards a pupil’s final GCSE grade or qualification. As well as the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Studies), St Matthew Academy delivers a range of other qualifications. Details of these can be found below.

Qualification List 2021 

Arrangements for Summer 2021

On 4th January 2021, the government announced that external examinations in summer 2021 could not go ahead as planned. Pupils will still be awarded their qualifications. In the place of external examinations, teacher assessed grades will be produced and submitted to the awarding (exam) bodies.

Please click below for more details of the arrangements for Summer 2021:

Teacher Assessment Grades Summer 2021

Candidate Information

Examination candidates must ensure they are fully prepared and on time for every exam they are taking. They need to fully understand the rules and what will happen at the time of the exam(s).

The rules and regulations relating to exams are laid down by the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) and the various examination awarding bodies. St Matthew Academy is legally obligated to conduct all external examinations in accordance with these instructions.

Each year the JCQ issues information for all examination candidates. It is essential that candidates read this information thoroughly and fully understand their responsibilities relating to it. The information covers the following areas:

  • Coursework
  • Non-examination assessments (NEA)
  • On-screen tests
  • Privacy Notice
  • Social media
  • Written Examinations

These documents can also be located at:


Examination Policies

Full details of our examination policies can be found here