Collection of GCSE and BTEC Certificates, November 2023

We are very much looking forward to seeing as many of last years’ Year 11 students as possible at the UWS  Presentation Evening on Thursday 23rd November. It will be great to see them again and celebrate their exam successes from last summer.

If you are not able to attend Presentation Evening, you will need to arrange to get your certificates. There are two ways to do this:

1. Pick up the certificates from Upper Wharfedale School
Students can arrange to pick up their certificates in school hours (9am to 3.20pm) between Friday 24th November and Friday 22nd December. Alternatively, if they are unable to pop in, they can nominate someone else to collect them. In this case, please download the Authorisation for Nominated Person to Collect Exam Certificates on Behalf of a Candidate form using the link on the right of the page, and complete a printed copy of it for their representative to bring to school. Please let us know when someone would like to pop into school so that we can have everything ready for collection.

2. Authorise us to post the certificates
Certificates can, with a student’s authorisation, be posted to their home address. However, as they are important legal documents, certificates will be posted by Royal Mail Special Delivery (including £750 compensation cover should they be lost or damaged in the post) and there is a £10 charge to cover the postage cost and packing them in a cardboard-reinforced envelope. The student will need to download, print and complete the attached Authorisation for Upper Wharfedale to Post Exam Certificates form from the link on the right of this page and send it to Stuart Willis, Exams Officer, either by post or scanning it and emailing it to

Please remember that qualification certificates are important legal documents that will be required when you apply for college or university places or for jobs in the future. They are literally, irreplaceable. If certificates are lost or damaged, we are unable to provide replacements and the Exam Boards will not reprint certificates. They will only supply ‘statements of  qualifications’ and each Board charges a
considerable fee (some per subject) for doing so. The charge depends on the Exam Board, but currently it is about £45 for each statement.

Please keep your certificates in a safe place.

If you have any questions about obtaining your certificates, please email Stuart Willis, Exams Officer at

Year 11 and Year 10 Mock Exams, November/December 2023

Mock exams for Year 11 students will take place towards the end of November and beginning of December. The French Speaking tests will be on Tuesday 21st November, while the remainder of the exams are timetabled from Monday 27th November to Friday 8th December 2023. Year 10 students will also take a mock exam in Religious Studies.

These exams are an important part of the preparation for the ‘real’ exams due to take place in summer 2024. Furthermore, they may inform the final grades that students achieve if anything happens that means exams cannot take place in May and June 2024.

Ofqual and the Exam Boards have instructed schools to keep mock exam papers safely in case they are required as evidence for ‘Teacher Assessed Grades’. While we very much expect that the exams will go ahead as normal in the summer, we cannot ignore the very small possibility that they may not and we must prepare accordingly. As such, we hope and expect that all students will take the mock exams as seriously as they would the final exams, that they will prepare for them and sit them in such a way as to do the best that they can.

The timetable for the mock exams can be downloaded using the link on the right of this page.

If you have any questions about the mock exams, please email Stuart Willis, Exams Officer at

Examination Results Day, August 2023

We very much hope that as many Year 10 and Year 11 students as possible will be able to visit Upper Wharfedale School on Thursday, 24th August 2023 between 9am and 12pm to collect their GCSE, BTEC and Vocational examination results.

Students must collect their results in person, or if they are unable to attend school, they must make alternative arrangements with the Examinations Officer. Results can be emailed, but only to the student’s school email address, and they will not be emailed out until 2pm at the earliest. Alternatively, the student can nominate a representative to collect their results from UWS on their behalf between the hours above.

To arrange for results to be emailed or collected by a representative, please download the forms using the links on the right of the page and email the completed forms to the Examinations Officer at from the student’s email address.

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