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Examination Certificates

Certificates are important documents and should be kept in a safe place.  Even many years after leaving school, it is highly likely that colleges, universities and employers will ask to see them.

Students are therefore strongly advised to remember to collect their examination certificates from school within the time frames detailed below.

Students should note that certificates are NOT the same as exam result slips for students who achieved GCSEs and A Levels in a particular year.

How long will school keep my certificates?

The school is only required to hold certificates for a period of 12 months from the date of issue. After this time, the school can send the certificates for secure destruction.

When will my certificate(s) be available for collection?

Generally, within three months of receiving your examination results.

Will the school remind me to collect my certificates?

Students will be reminded about collecting certificates at the pre-exam assemblies and in the Exam Information Booklet, which is emailed to all candidates. It is also provided in the Results envelope on Results Day. 

How can I collect my examination certificates?

Certificates are available for collection from December for students who achieved GCSEs and A Levels in the summer of that year.

We may also have certificates awaiting collection for students who left a few years before this time. 

Certificates are not automatically sent out because they need to be signed for.  Students should arrange to collect their certificates.

Please note that schools are only allowed to accept instructions from students, not from their parents/carers in respect of their exam results and certificates.

To collect in person, please contact to arrange.

To nominate someone to collect for you, send a letter to the Exams Office at the School or email to authorise a nominated person to collect on your behalf.

To arrange to have your certificates posted to you, please write to the Exams Office at Warlingham School, Tithepit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9YB, or email requesting this service and confirming the address that the certificate is to be sent to. The cost for this service is £2.87 payable via wisepay.  Certificates are sent by recorded delivery.

What can I do if I have not collected my certificates and the school no longer holds them or if I have lost them?

You will need to contact the relevant exam boards and follow their replacement certificate procedure.  This is a costly and lengthy process which you will need to instigate and pay for yourself.