Exams at SAFE

All the information you need about exams at SAFE

Results Day for GCSEs has now been moved forward to the 12th August 2021

GCSE Grade Awarding in Summer 2021


After the Government’s announcement that examinations for the summer 2021 series would no longer take place, Ofqual held a consultation to determine the best way for students to receive accurate grades this year.

Grades will be allocated as follows:

  • Teachers will take evidence from a wide range of work, to form a holistic judgement on the appropriate grade for each student
  • Exam boards will provide materials to aid teachers with assessments and help them to arrive at nationally consistent grades
  • Grades will be moderated internally (by school leadership) and externally (by exam boards)
  • Students will be able to appeal if they are unhappy with their grade
  • There will be a full exam series held in Autumn 2021

Further information is available on the Government website.


External candidates

I am looking for an exam centre for my child. Can I use SAFE?

We do accept external candidates at SAFE, however, we have a limit on numbers, and generally will only take candidates for exams we are already running. You will need to fill out a suitability form for your child, and will be able to visit the centre for a viewing before making any decisions. Contact us for more information.

How much does it cost?

We charge £125 plus the cost of entry for each external qualification. Cost of entry varies, dependent on the subject.

My child needs access arrangements - what can you do about these?

We need plenty of notice (ideally at least 2 years) to obtain access arrangements for external candidates.

The burden of proof for access arrangements, even for private candidates, lies with the school, and is heavily based on our teachers’ assessment of a child’s normal way of working, 

We recognise that some children may have had access arrangements previously awarded in school – however, the rules state that in order for us to be able to use these, we would have to be part of a consortium with that school. We are also unable to accept access arrangement reports from independent assessors. Where an assessor is required, for example to obtain extra time, we are required to appoint that assessor. The cost of any assessment will be added to the cost of your child’s exam entry.

If you know your child will need significant adjustments in order to access qualifications, please contact us for a discussion a minimum of two years before your child is due to take their exams – this will give sufficient time to ascertain normal way of working, and to appoint any necessary assessors. We will do our best to help if the time frame is shorter, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

What about coursework?

For qualifications that have a non-examined component (English and Science), external candidates will have to come in for a number of timetabled lessons to complete this work under controlled conditions, as our teachers will have to be able to confidently assess it as the student’s own work. The cost of these sessions will be additional to the cost of the qualification entry.


If you wish your child to sit their exams at SAFE, we will need to have completed all necessary suitability checks, interviews and screening by the end of the autumn term preceding the exam series, unless they require access arrangements, in which case we will need more time. Further information on this is on the Access Arrangements dropdown to the left.

We will have to be able to confidently verify your child’s identity, so will need you to provide photo ID for them. If your child does not have a passport, we can accept a CitizenCard as ID for them.

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