Summer 2019 Exams

Summer 2019 Exams - Contingency Day

The summer 2019 exams season may seem like a long way away at the moment, but we have just become aware of some important information that we need to share with you to avoid any issues next summer.

During the spring term students will be sent individualised timetables that will highlight when their final exams will take place.  The summer exams run from early May until June.

However, 2019 will be different.  Students will receive their exam timetables, but for the first time a contingency exam day has been arranged by the exam boards and added to each student's timetable.  The contingency day has been arranged for GCSE exams, should sustained national or local disruption arise during the June 2019 examination series.

The decision comes following tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.  The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam in the event of an incident and re-arrange for a later date to allow all students an equal and fair chance.

The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 26th June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the start of the exams in May until Wednesday 26th June 2019.  This is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in school.

Please can all parents and carers make a note of the new reserve exam date.  It will be common and completely understandable for many families to book holidays in June and July as prices will be lower when students have finished their exams.  However, it will be devastating for a student to miss out on a good grade after working hard for two years because they might be absent from a re-arranged final exam.

Please click the link for the current summer 2019 exam timetable      pdf_small

Further details will follow about Language speaking tests and Non Exam Assessments for some subjects.

Please click here for a guide to the new GCSE Grading structure