Exam certificates

Due to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, the school will start shredding unclaimed GCSE certificates.

Under JCQ regulations, the schools is required to securely store all certificates for a period of 12 months from the date of issue, before they are destroyed by secure method.

However, we are also currently holding certificates from several years ago.

Woodham Academy will destroy unclaimed certificates by a secure method (for example by shredding or incineration) after holding them for a period of three years from the date of issue. A record of all certificates destroyed will be kept for a further period of four years from the date of their destruction.

The certificates will be destroyed in batches. If you sat your GCSEs either in or before 2013 and you have not claimed your certificates you need to collect them from the school before 12th July, 2018.

You must either claim them in person or write a signed note, which states the name of the person collecting them for you, giving them permission to collect them on your behalf.  Some form of photo identification will be required.

Please note, all certificates for current Year 11 students will be securely stored until November 2021 – this includes certificates for GCSE English Language taken in Year 10.


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