Summer Examination Period 2019

• GCSE Examination Season runs from 8th May to 21st June

• GCE/A-level Examination Season runs from 1st May to 21st June

All pupils who are sitting examinations in May/June 2019 should familiarise themselves with the examination handbook.  This is located on the school website at For Parents, Downloads and For Students, Exams or in the ‘About Us’ section under ‘information’ on the St Columb’s College App.

St Columb’s College is committed to ensuring that candidates are fully briefed on the examination and assessment process in place in the Examination Centre and are made aware of the required Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) awarding body instructions and information for candidates.

Please read this booklet carefully and if you have any questions - or are still not sure about anything - then please come along to the Finance Office or to Chemistry 2 and ask Mr. J Broderick or Mrs A O’Kane – we are here to help you.

On Wednesday - 13th February 2019 – the members of last year’s Student Representative Council attended a Leadership Award Ceremony where they were formally congratulated for their year’s service by Special Guest, current Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle after he learned of their many accomplishments.

Councillor Boyle rewarded each Student Council member with a Leadership Award in recognition of their achievements. He was clearly most impressed by the work and progress of the Student Council, commenting on the sharp young minds in attendance, admitting the boys made a real impression on him, feeling he may have met some future politicians on his visit to the school.

On Monday, 4th February, 32 year 14 pupils received their Pope John Paul II Awards in the Millennium Forum. The diocese of Derry was celebrating their 12th Annual Awards ceremony with guest speaker, Archbishop Grzegorz Rys, Archbishop of Lodz, Poland, and Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, presenting the awards.

In total, awards were distributed to 534 pupils from across the Diocese. There were 31 gold awards and 1 silver award presented to St Columb’s awardees. The Pope John Paul II Award recognises young peoples’ commitment to faith and community. Making young people visible in their church, community & society. This award is an ingenious way to direct the energy of the youth to something positive and constructive. It is probably the best way to commemorate the commitment of the former Pope to the young people of the world.

There were also some inspiring musical performances during the evening from Thornhill College Traditional Folk Group who enthralled the audience with 4 pieces of traditional music.

Pictured below are the recipients of the Award alongside their award leader, Mr McGarry, Principal Madden, Archbishop Grzegorz Rys and Bishop Donal McKeown. (The award leader would like to thank Mrs Valdez Pena, the Diocesan Catechetical Centre and the RE department for their assistance throughout the year).

Information for Year 11, 12, 13 and 14 regarding JCQ Contingency Day

The JCQ contingency day, which for the forthcoming summer series is 26 June 2019.

This day will only be used in a very rare and exceptional case where examinations scheduled for a particular day in the timetable cannot be held, due to unforeseen circumstances, on a national level.

Candidates should be made aware of this date, and that special consideration cannot be applied in cases where candidates cannot sit a rescheduled examination on this date, for reasons other than those listed under the JCQ criteria.

Further information about this contingency date, including frequently asked questions, can be found at 

Kind regards

Mrs A O’Kane

External Examinations Officer and BTEC Co-ordinator

Privacy Notice for Year 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Please click here to download the JCQ Privacy Notice.

There is a fuller version of this available from JCQ and if you would like the fuller version, please contact CCEA’s centre support team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will forward you the JCQ full version.

Mrs A O’Kane

External Examinations Officer and BTEC Co-ordinator

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