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Coronavirus and Summer 2020 and 2021

On 18 March 2020, the Secretary of State for Education announced that the summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A level exam series would be cancelled in order to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that students due to sit the exams would be awarded a grade based on an assessment of the grade they would have been most likely to achieve had exams gone ahead. On 23 March, in a written statement to Parliament, the Secretary of State explained the government’s intention that results would be issued to this year’s cohort based on a range of evidence and data, including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment.

Our staff have worked very hard to prepare and submit the Centre Assessed Grades in line with the Ofqual and exam board guidance. We are grateful to parents and students for not asking questions in relation to proposed grades that we are not permitted to answer. Please be reassured we have followed all exam board and Ofqual guidelines to ensure students receive grades which honestly reflect their capabilities and aim to mitigate the impact of the pandemic within the set parameters.

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Changes to Awarding GCSE / AS / A Level grades Summer 2020

JCQ announces examination dates for the autumn 2020 series

As previously announced in England only there will be a full series of GCE A, AS and GCSE in all subjects available in autumn 2020.

The timetable will run as follows:
• GCE AS and A-level examinations start on Monday 5 October and finish on Friday 23 October.
• GCSE examinations start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November.

The Heckmondwike Grammar School deadlines for entry are:
• GCE AS & A-level – 28th August 2020
• GCSE (except English Language and Mathematics) – 11th September 2020
• GCSE (English Language and Mathematics) –28th September 2020.

The exam boards will post the timetables on their websites and contact centres about entries in due course.

Ofqual have recently launched a consultation on proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A Levels in 2021. The proposals and details of how to respond are in the linked document below.

Summer 2020 Grades for GCSE AS A Level Guidance 

Summer 2021 Consultation 

Ofqual Summer 2020 Letter to students – Grading

Further information can be found on the following websites:-



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