Specific guidance and advice regarding all external examinations is found in the Student Examination Information Booklet we give to all students each year.
While almost all formal external examinations are now taking place in the summer term each year, there are still courses that have examined modules or compulsory coursework elements at other times.
This runs from Monday 11 May through to Wednesday 24 June, though for any one individual student they may find they finish their examination commitments before the final date.
A ‘contingency’ exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of. This contingency day for GCSE examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.” The decision comes following the tragic events of summer 2018, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam (or exams) in the event of an incident and rearrange them 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.