In order to help both parents and students plan for the exams of Summer 2020 and beyond, we need to make you aware of some important information issued by the Examining bodies and JCQ (The Joint Council for Qualifications).
During the latter part of April 2020 students with GCSE and A level exams will be issued with personalised timetables showing the dates, times, rooms and durations of all of their formal written exams, which start mid-May and continue into June. Practical or controlled assessment and exams for subjects such as Art and Languages will not appear on their personalised timetable, students will be notified by their subject teachers when and where these will take place.
For the exams in Summer 2020, the Exam Awarding bodies and JCQ have arranged a contingency day for “GCSE and/or GCE examinations, should sustained national or local disruption arise during the June 2020 examination series”.
Following the tragic events of recent years, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower Fire, JCQ have decided that there needs to be an option whereby an exam can be postponed in the event of an incident and rearranged for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance.
The designated Contingency Day for 2020 is
Wednesday 24 June 2020.
This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams up to, and including, Wednesday 24 June 2020, even if their timetable indicates their last exam is much earlier. This decision is not a school decision and applies to all candidates in all schools nationwide.
Please make a note of this important date as should it be needed the expectation is that students will be present for the rearranged exam. The school is unable to apply to the Exam boards for consideration if a student is absent for a rearranged exam on the contingency day as a result of being on holiday for example.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.