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Exam Information due to Coronavirus restrictions

2020 Results Day Arrangements 

Dear Student,

I hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Due to the current situation, we have not been able to commemorate or celebrate your time with us in a manner that you deserve. We want to celebrate your A level results on Thursday 13th August and GCSE results on Thursday 20th August in the best way we can, whilst still observing social distancing and government guidelines.

You have been given a time slot in which to collect your results, please check your emails. We have tried – based on the information that you have sent – to place you in friendship groups of up to 6 people. It is crucial that you attend during your given time slot and any issues with this must be addressed before results day. Please do not attend any other time, as this will breach government guidelines in relation to social distancing.

or your specific time slot. It is crucial that you are on time. The front car park will be the main area of celebration so that appropriate social distancing can be adhered to. To create a celebratory atmosphere we will have a crepe van (free to all students), music and a photographer available to you.

You will then be invited to collect your results in your group within the main building. Once you have done this, you will then make your way back to the front car park to celebrate, safely, with your friends and teachers. All social distancing rules must be followed whilst on school site. We ask that you leave the site at the end of your time slot, so the second group of students can have their opportunity to celebrate their results.

It is understandable that you may fell anxious about collecting your results in this way, therefore if you have any questions please get in contact with either with the Head of Sixth Form; or Assistant Headteacher:

If on the day you have any queries or concerns with the grades that you receive, we have set up a dedicated exams email address to deal with these. Please contact and we will be able to give you advice and guidance.

For Y13: 13th August

At the event, a member of the Sixth Form team will be on hand to support you with any concerns or queries relating to University. We will be available to give advice and guidance in relation to next steps, clearing and university admissions.

For Y11: 20th August

At the event, a member of staff will be on hand to support you with any questions you may have with regard to the next stage of your education and are available for enrolment into CHS 6th form. They will also be able to guide you in relation to next steps. 

Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the following arrangements. As you can appreciate, this is an unprecedented situation and we may have to change our approach in the coming weeks, depending on updated government guidance.

Please can you ensure that any textbooks and/or equipment  that belongs to the school is returned on this day.

On behalf of the Leadership Team, Sixth Form team and your teachers, we are really looking forward to seeing you again and having this opportunity to celebrate your time at Cottingham High School.

Yours sincerely

Mrs N Carlisle/Mr P White

Cottingham High School

For OFQUAL student exam results guidance and about the appeals process, please click on the attachments at the bottom of this page.

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.