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Summer examinations for GCSE and A Level will be:

11th May to 12th June 2020 (GCSE)

11th May to 19th June 2020 (A Level)

Provisional exam timetables will be available to view for A Level, GCSE and BTECs very shortly.

Please note that Wednesday 24th June 2020, has been designated as a “contingency day” for examinations by the exam boards. It is part of their standard contingency planning for examinations in the event of a national or local disruption to examinations.
Schools have been asked to remind candidates that they must remain available until this date in case an exam board needs to action their contingency plan.

JCQ have made the following statement regarding the possible re-scheduling of examinations:

In the highly unlikely event that there is national disruption to a day of examinations in summer 2020, the awarding bodies will liaise with the qualification regulators and the DfE to agree the most appropriate option for managing the impact. As a last resort the affected examinations will be rescheduled. Although every effort would be taken to keep the impact to a minimum, it is possible that there could be more than one timetable date affected following the disruption, up to and including the contingency day on 24 June 2020. Centres will be alerted if it was agreed to reschedule the examinations and the affected candidates will be expected to make themselves available in such circumstances. The decision regarding the re-scheduling of examinations will always rest with the awarding body. The centre must conduct the examination on the scheduled date unless instructed to do otherwise by the awarding body.

Where candidates choose not to be available for the rescheduled examination(s) for reasons other than those traditionally covered by special consideration, they will not be eligible for enhanced grading arrangements. Centres must therefore ensure candidates and parents are aware of this contingency arrangement so that they may take it into account when making their plans for the summer. However, the awarding bodies will not insist upon candidates being available throughout the entire timetable period as a matter of course.

Assessments, controlled assessments and practical examinations are conducted throughout the year. Students need to be aware of the JCQ Candidate Information notices relating to these assessments, and these are available for you to view (see JCQ Candidate Information).

Entries for summer examinations are made during February. Following the submission of these entries, all students will be issued with a Statement of Entry via their form tutors. These Statement of Entries must be checked and any concerns must be raised with Mrs Johnstone at the earliest opportunity.

Students will be issued with a provisional exam timetable by early April, and they will receive their final exam timetable (with full rooming/seating information) after the Easter holidays. Please note that these timetables will only show dates and times for written exams. Oral and practical examinations are timetabled by the Subject Head of Department.

A parents’ information evening will be held on Thursday 19th March relating to the process for examinations and the rules and regulations surrounding them, and all parents are welcome to attend.