Exams affected by Covid-19

Important information for students taking GCSE and A Level exams this current year

On Friday 3rd April 2020, Ofqual (The Government regulatory body for exams and tests in England) provided detail and guidance to support the earlier decision that this year’s exams and assessments will not go ahead as planned. At Shipley College these exams include GCSE English, GCSE maths, AS level English and Core maths.

Ofqual has released guidance for students, parents and carers which contains details of how it will award grades.


This information confirms that The College will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information, based on what they know about your work and achievements.

This will include:

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned.
  • within each subject, the order of students at your college by performance. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges’.

We will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

 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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