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Latest advice on GCSE and A level exams 2020

3rd April 2020

Please find a link to a letter from Ofqual (the English exams regulator) explaining the latest information on how GCSEs, A levels and EPQs will be awarded in 2020:


The Welsh exam board (WJEC) is following the same process for its qualifications.

For those studying an IGCSE with Cambridge, please find an additional letter regarding their process for awarding IGCSEs. Please note that they will ask schools to submit evidence along with their grades. This evidence will only be drawn from work completed prior to the school closure; there is no need for pupils to complete any additional assessments:

Cambridge Assessment

We will now start working with our Heads of Department on the process of submitting grades to the exam boards. As the letters state, the exam grades can not be discussed with pupils or parents. The process is to be kept strictly confidential and we can’t tell you the grades we will be submitting.

We would also like to reassure you that the exams regulator has stated that pupils won’t be disadvantaged; the grades pupils receive in the summer will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, as if they had taken the exams this summer.

There is a likelihood that pupils will have the chance to take exams in the autumn term if they wish to appeal the grade they received. We continue to await further information on this and will update you as soon as we can.

Following this guidance, we will continue our academic, pastoral and enrichment provision for Years 11 and 13. In addition, we will continue to help with Careers advice for both Years and especially on-going UCAS support for Year 13. Both services will continue beyond the academic year, of course. We will be in touch about these plans soon.

Liz Gregory – Deputy Head (Academic)
Kath Whiteman – Deputy Head (Academic)