Summer 2019 Examinations – Contingency Day and Attendance
The summer 2019 exams are fast approaching and we would like to ensure everyone is up to date with all exam information.
The summer exams usually run from early May with some controlled assessments, non-exam assessments and on-screen tests taking place throughout the year. Formal written exams for summer 2019 will commence on 13th May 2019 and run though until the 14th June 2019. During the spring term students will receive personalised entry confirmations which will highlight when their final exam will take place.
For the first time an Exam Contingency Plan has been arranged by the exam boards which all students need to be aware of. The contingency plan has been arranged for “GCSE and/or GCE examinations, should sustained national / local disruption arise during the June 2019 examination series.”
The decision comes following the tragic events of last year, namely the Manchester attack 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 contingency plan runs up to and including Wednesday 26th June 2019.
This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the start of the exams on the 13th May until Wednesday 26th June 2019. This decision is not a school decision and applies to all candidates in all schools.
Please can all parents and carers make a note of this date. It will be common and completely understandable for many families to want to book holidays in June as prices will be lower when the students have finished their exams however, it will be devastating for a student to miss out on a good grade after working so hard for two years because they might be absent from a rearranged exam.
On this note it is unfortunately necessary to stress to you the huge importance of your son attending every exam on their timetable. Public examination timetables are regulated by the exam boards and CANNOT be rearranged by the school. Parents will be charged for any missed examinations and this will be classed as an unauthorised absence.
We have a duty to notify the Education Service of any missed examinations and you may be served with a Penalty Notice or a summons to court for your child’s unauthorised absence.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Examinations department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.