All external exams for Summer 2020 have been cancelled. Schools will enter suggested grades to the exam boards, based on all progress made to date. The exam boards will them use a statistical model to review the overall picture represented by these results, and may subsequently amend some grades.
Results will be shared on the following dates:
A-level – 13th August
GCSE – 20th August
Ofqual has announced that students will have an opportunity to take the full suite of GCSE, AS and A-level exams in autumn 2020:
AS and A-level exams – Monday 5 October to Friday 23 October
GCSE exams – Monday 2 November to Monday 23 November
In light of the closure of the school, internal exams for the remainder of the academic year 2019-2020 are suspended until further notice. Exams will certainly not be sprung on pupils returning to school when we re-open!
General Exam notes
There are many reasons why pupils are expected to sit these exams, but they can be summed up as follows:
- To help pupils become increasingly familiar with the process of taking exams so that this is much less daunting when they come to sit their GCSEs and A-levels.
- To help pupils understand how to prepare for and review exams effectively so that they know how to get the best out of themselves.
- To give pupils, parents and teachers a realistic understanding of current progress, and to help them identify ways to improve this in the future.
- To help pupils and parents identify appropriate avenues to pursue once the current phase of learning comes to an end.
Our teachers understand that pupils appreciate guidance in how to prepare for and complete their exams, and they always provide a lot of support with this. Parents who would like to know more about what is being assessed will find outlines of all our courses in the various departmental pages under the “Curriculum” tab on our website. These also contain links to external websites which pupils might find useful.
We are very mindful that exams can be stressful for pupils, and our PSHE programme contains sessions about how to revise and how to cope with exam pressure. Parents who would like to know more about how to support their children during exam periods may find the following video helpful: