Whitley Bay High School

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Exams Information Summer 2020

On this page you will find information relating to trial and end of year exam windows, and dates for official summer 2020 exams for students in years 11-13. Please note that in some subjects additional assessments may take place throughout the academic year – students will be informed of these dates by subject teachers. Occasionally exam boards change their published exam dates – all information is accurate as of September 2019 and we will clearly mark any significant date changes as and when they occur.

  • Year 11 summer 2020 exam dates – subject by subject Download
  • Year 11 summer 2020 exam dates – week by week Download
  • Year 12 summer 2020 exam dates – subject by subject Download
  • Year 12 summer 2020 exam dates – week by week Download
  • Year 13 summer 2020 exam dates – subject by subject Download
  • Year 13 summer 2020 exam dates – week by week Download

Working with your daughter/son, please use official exam dates to start to think about how they will plan for, and manage, their revision as they prepare for their exams. Student specific timetables, including specific exam start times, exam room and seating information will be issued at the end of April 2020.

The Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ) have stated that for this academic year Wednesday 24th June 2020 has been designated by the Exam Boards as a ‘contingency day’ for examinations.

The JCQ have provided the following information about how or when this day may be used:

‘In the highly unlikely event that there is national disruption to a day of examinations in summer 2020, the awarding bodies will liaise with the qualification regulators and the DfE to agree the most appropriate option for managing the impact. As a last resort the affected examinations will be rescheduled. Although every effort would be taken to keep the impact to a minimum, it is possible that there could be more than one timetable date affected following the disruption, up to and including the contingency day on 24 June 2020. Centres will be alerted if it was agreed to reschedule the examinations and the affected candidates will be expected to make themselves available in such circumstances. The decision regarding the re-scheduling of examinations will always rest with the awarding body. The centre must conduct the examination on the scheduled date unless instructed to do otherwise by the awarding body.

Where candidates choose not to be available for the rescheduled examination(s) for reasons other than those traditionally covered by special consideration, they will not be eligible for enhanced grading arrangements. Centres must therefore ensure candidates and parents are aware of this contingency arrangement so that they may take it into account when making their plans for the summer. However, the awarding bodies will not insist upon candidates being available throughout the entire timetable period as a matter of course.’

As a school, we hope that the use of the contingency day will not be necessary. However, we feel duty bound to pass on the JCQ information and request that students be available on 24 June, in case it is required.

Please note that in addition to the official exams, the school will also be running the following internal trial and end of year exam windows. Timetables for these exams will be issued to students 3-4 weeks before the exams are due to commence.

Year 13, and Year 12 students taking official AS exams in summer 2020: Monday 6th – Friday 10th January 2020

Year 11: Thursday 13th & Friday 14th February, and Monday 24th February – Friday 28th February 2020

Year 12: Monday 15th June – Friday 19th June 2020

The JCQ also wish to draw your attention to the information and guidance sheets below, which relate to examinations and assessments during 2019-2020:

  • Information for candidates – coursework Download
  • Information for candidates – non-examination assessments Download
  • Information for candidates – on-screen tests Download
  • Information for candidates – Privacy Notice Download
  • Information for candidates – social media Download
  • Information for candidates – written exams Download
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