Pupils urged to collect ‘lost’ GCSE certificates

PUPILS are being urged to collect GCSE certificates which have been “lost in the system” from their former school.

GCSE certificates for the OCR exam board should have been delivered to the local authority when the former Brierton Comprehensive School closed in July 2009.

But the GCSE certificates for a range of subjects, including English, maths and science, did not arrive.

The Catcote Road building is currently home to staff and pupils from Dyke House Sports and Technology College while their own site undergoes a £12.4m revamp under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Examinations officers from Dyke House managed to track down the certificates, and pupils can now collect them from the main reception.

Bill Jordon, executive headteacher at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, was also headteacher of Brierton School at the time of its closure.

Mr Jordon said: “The site was dormant for a year after the former Brierton School closed.

“It appears there was some confusion and the certificates got lost in the system.

“They should have been sent to the local authority, that was the understanding.

“But thanks to the diligent examinations staff at Dyke House we have managed to take receipt of the certificates, which pupils may need if they are going for job interviews etc.

“We will keep hold of these certificates for as long as possible.

“But if pupils cannot collect them in person then they should ring the school and we will make arrangements.”

Pupils can collect their GCSE certificates from the Catcote Road school site Monday to Friday, between 8am–4pm.

For more information call Margaret Harris, the school’s examinations officer, on (01429) 266377.