Examination Information

If you have any queries regarding examinations, please contact Samantha Harris (Examinations Officer); sharris@atrium-studio.co.uk

COVID - 19 Examination Information

Following the decision to close schools and not go ahead with this summer’s exams, the government has announced more details of how grades will be awarded this summer.

Here are the main points:

  • Examination regulators will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, regulators will work with exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.
  • Exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. Clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges soon.
  • Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
  • Regulators and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach, to ensure that it’s as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.
  • The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.
  • These grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.
  • The exam boards also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students aren’t disadvantaged.
  • Students will be able to appeal their grades if they don’t believe the right process has been followed.
  • There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to – and students can also choose to sit exams next summer.

I hope this new information will answer some of your questions.

We’re here to support you through these extraordinary times, and we’ll share new details as soon as we get them.

Working together, we’ll ensure that the hard work by the students and teachers will all be worthwhile – and that the students have the grades they need to progress to the next stage of the lives.

Thank you for your patience and support.


Examination certificates are ready for collection.
Students will be able to collect their examination certificates from the examinations office which is located in the admin block on South Dartmoor Community College’s Main Site.

Collection times will be Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm.

Students are expected to collect their certificates in person.

If students would like someone else to collect the certificates on their behalf please email; sharris@atrium-studio.co.uk or provide the third party with a signed letter authorising them to do so. Nobody else can collect another person’s certificates, even if they are a close family member, without the student’s written consent.

The email/letter must state who they authorise to collect their examination certificates and this will be held on file as evidence of collection.

The certificate(s) will not be released to anybody other than the student without this written consent.

Alternatively, the examination certificates can be sent out via royal mail if a stamped address envelope is provided. However, this is done at your own risk as we do not use a recorded delivery service.


Please see below an attachment for the provisional PUBLIC examination timetable for Summer 2020, please note that due to this being shared with you early it may be subject to change.

Atrium Skeleton Timetable Summer 2020

Any questions or concerns please email: sharris@atrium-studio.co.uk


All students should have a range of ESSENTIAL equipment for all examinations.
Students will need to bring the following items with them to every exam!

  • CLEAR plastic zip-lock bag or CLEAR pencil case.
  • A number of BLACK ink ballpoint pens or biros. NO OTHER COLOUR.
  • A selection of HB pencils - at least 2.
  • A pencil eraser.
  • A pencil sharpener.
  • A 15cm and/or a 30cm ruler.
  • A selection of coloured pencils.

For all Science and Mathematics examinations you must bring:

  • A calculator (this will be used in examinations that allow calculators - this information will be provided on the front of the question paper). Students must ensure that the calculator works properly, that anything stored on it has been cleared, that there are no lids or covers and that there are no printed operating instructions, formulae or prepared programs stored on or within the device.
  • A Mathematics set - protractor, set square and compass.

All these items can be purchased from the Library (and probably cheaper than elsewhere).


RESULTS DAY - Summer 2020

 GCE - Thursday 13th August 2020
GCSE - Thursday 20th August 2020


Examination centres must ensure that the JCQ 'Information for Candidates Documents' are distributed to all candidates whether electronically or in hard copy format prior to examinations taking place. Please see below for links to the JCQ information for candidates documentation.

Information for candidates - Onscreen tests

Information for candidates - Privacy Notice

Information for candidates - Written exams

Information for candidates - Coursework 1920

Information for candidates - JCQ Social Media

Information for candidates - Non Examination Assessment 1920