AES response to the awarding of examination grades

Performance Tables

Examination Office opening hours:

08:30 – 15:00

Internal examinations are organised by the Examinations Office. Dates of examinations are available in the school calendar. Timetables are produced by the examinations department and distributed via Form Tutors. Any queries relating to dates, times and places of examinations should go to the examinations department in the first instance.

Public examinations are managed by the Examinations Office (opposite the main school office in A-block). Queries about individual exams should go to your subject teacher for the subject concerned. Individual timetables are produced by the Examinations Office and distributed via students’ registers.

Unable to Attend

Where it is a candidate’s last available date to take an examination, eg for an outgoing specification or where the candidate is certificating, the Examinations Office will apply to the relevant exam board for special consideration. Candidates are only eligible for special consideration if they have met the minimum requirements and have covered the whole course but are affected by adverse circumstances beyond their control. If a candidate chooses not to sit an examination for other reasons they should be aware that special consideration will not apply.

Late arrivals

Candidates who arrive after the start of the examination may be allowed to enter the exam room and sit the examination (except for Listening Exams where an additional room and invigilator will have to be organised).

A candidate who arrives after the start of the examination should be allowed the full time for the examination, provided the room is not needed after the published finishing time and adequate invigilation arrangements are in place.

Very Late arrivals

Candidates will be considered very late if they arrive:

  • more than one hour after the published starting time for an examination that lasts one hour or more.
  • after the published finishing time or 30 minutes after the published starting time (whichever is later) for examinations that last less than one hour.

A full written report is sent to the awarding body from the Exams Office for very late candidates and the awarding body may not accept their work.

Advice: Where a candidate is identified as being absent at the start of an exam, the centre may wish to make contact with the candidate’s parent/carer. For very late candidates the parent/carer should be advised to keep the candidate under supervision at all times until the candidate is handed over to a member of AES staff. In such circumstances the parent/carer and the candidate should sign an appropriate statement to confirm the supervision arrangements which were put in place. The awarding body will consider each case individually in light of statements from the parent/carer, the candidate and the centre.

GCSE/GCE Examinations – Contingency Day

We have some important information that we need to share with you, to avoid any issues summer 2020.

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.

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.

With this in mind, we strongly advise that no holidays are booked to leave before 25th June 2020. 

The contingency day will become a standard feature of subsequent examination

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