Exams affected by Covid-19

On Wednesday 18th March 2020, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced that this year’s exams and assessments will not go ahead as planned. 

The latest Government advice about exams and assessments can be found here.


The Government information confirms that:

  • students will no longer be sitting exams this summer, and with Colleges closing, this has also impacted current exam provision. Instead, students will be awarded a fair grade and be allowed to move on to the next stage of their lives, whether that is into Further or Higher Education, an apprenticeship or into employment.

  • students will be awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in, using evidence such as performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. 

  • there will be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to and there will be an additional opportunity to sit exams in Summer 2021. The Government has confirmed there will also be an appeals process. We are waiting for confirmation from the Government on how this will be implemented, and hope to have this confirmed over the next few weeks.


We will continue to update you with further information regarding exams and assessments as soon as it is published by the Government, the qualifications regulator Qfqual and the awarding organisations. We will contact students directly and post details on our website.

 Please be reassured that the College will do everything we can to help and support you in the coming months.

 If you have any questions, please direct them to exams@shipley.ac.uk and we will do our best to answer them.


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