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Exam Information due to Coronavirus restrictions

Exam Information Update 03.04.20

Dear parent/carer

Ofqual have published information about how GCSE and A level qualifications are to be awarded this summer. This information can be found at:

We will of course use this guidance to ensure that all our Y11 and Y13 students are awarded the grades they deserve.

Please find the letter Ofqual has requested to be sent to Y11 and Y13 below.

Yours sincerely

Cottingham High School


Information below not current for 2019/20 examinations

Pre-Public Exams

During 2019 – 2020 these are scheduled as follows:

Sixth Form          Week beginning 13 January 2020                                        

Year 11               Wave 1: takes place 11 – 20 Nov 2019, Wave 2: takes place 24 – 28 Feb 2020

External exams

External exams will take place from 11 May - 24 June 2020.

Important Exam information – Summer 2020

Wednesday 24 June will be a ‘contingency day’ for all exam boards in the UK.

In line with Ofqual’s exam system contingency plan, this is an additional day at the end of the exam period. It will only be used in the event of major local or national disruption to summer 2020 exams, in which case it is possible that timetable dates could be affected up to and including the contingency day.

Students should make sure that they are available until 24 June 2020 in case the contingency plan needs to be used.

Exam timetables

Individual exam timetables will be given to candidates in late February.  It is the responsibility of the student to let the Exams Officer know of any errors or omissions on their timetable. 

GCSE Summer 2020 Exam timetable

GCE Summer 2020 Exam timetable


Candidates will receive individual results slips on results days, either

  • in person at the centre or
  • given to another person provided written permission has been provided by the candidate to release the results and the named person brings in photographic evidence of their ID, or
  • by post to their home address where candidates have provided a stamped, self-addressed envelope (envelopes are only posted on results day, so will not be received until the day after)

The results slip will be in the form of a centre produced document.  Candidates will also receive information regarding the Enquiries about results services (EARs) offered by the exam boards.

Uncollected results slips will then be available for collection from the reception.

Enquiries about results (EARs)

EARs may be requested by centre staff or the candidate following the release of results. A request for a review of marking or clerical check requires the written consent of the candidate.  A request for a re-moderation of internally assessed work may be submitted without the consent of the group of candidates.

Candidates can make a request for an EAR and this will be paid for by the candidate.  The Exams Officer will process any review of marking request made by candidates; it is not the Exams Officer’s responsibility to decide whether or not a review of marking is advisable.

Notices to candidates

The Joint Council for Qualifications publishes Notices to Candidates on their website including important guidance on written exams, privacy and social media.