Summer 2020 Exams – Contingency Day

15th October 2019


Dear Student/Parent/Carer

The summer 2020 exams may seem like a long way off at the moment, but we wish to share some
important information with you to avoid any possible issues next summer.
During the spring term students will be given their individual exam timetables which will highlight
when their final exam will take place. The summer written exam period will run from Monday 11
May to Tuesday 23 June 2020.


Every summer exam series a “contingency” exam day is arranged by the examination awarding
bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE and/or A Level (or
equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or
local disruption to examinations during the June 2020 examination series.”


The decision comes following tragic events, such as 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 rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal
chance.


The date that has been set aside as the contingency day is Wednesday 24 June 2020. This means
that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until
Wednesday 24 June 2020. This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in
all schools.


A note of the new contingency exam date should be made by all students/parents/carers in case
the need arises for an awarding body to invoke its contingency plan.

Yours faithfully


Mrs E Duell
Examinations Officer

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