It is school policy not to enter girls for any subject that they are studying externally unless we offer the same syllabus ourselves and therefore have the processes in place for the papers offered.
All candidates who are entered for any public examination are allocated a Unique Candidate Identifier number (UCI), which means that their progress through the National Assessment network can be tracked at all times. This is an advantage to all, since any claims (during one’s lifetime) to have attained particular qualifications can be quickly endorsed by the different Examination Boards who have every candidate’s achievements catalogued under this UCI. However, if a girl takes a public exam externally she may be allocated a UCI by her external centre, which will not link this qualification with those taken within the school.
Consequently, if a girl is being entered for an examination other than at NLCS, she should collect her UCI number from the NLCS Examinations Office. Entries are submitted early in the Spring term, so the UCI number should be collected in good time to ensure that the external centre has enough time to process it.
Letters are sent out via Schoolcomms in the Autumn Term to parents with girls in Year 9 containing the above information and a tear off slip. A further letter is sent out annually to parents with girls in Year 10 and above to cater for subsequent entries. This can be used to request a UCI number for a future exam or to inform the school of a UCI number already allocated by an external centre, so that discrepancies can be avoided.