Cancellation of GCSE and A-Level Examinations in England

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Dear Parents/Carers,


You may have heard in the news that the GCSE and A Level examinations scheduled for this summer have been cancelled and that pupils will be awarded “a form of teacher assessed grade, with training and support provided to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently across the country.”  We anticipate that it may be some time before we get the full details of the processes involved in finalising the grades that pupils will receive.  

As a school, we will work hard to ensure that the grades our pupils receive are a fair reflection of their ability and match closely to what they would have achieved if the examinations had not been cancelled.  We understand that pupils can make rapid progress in the months leading up to examinations where their revision becomes more focused.  In this period of remote learning, pupils can demonstrate the progress they are making to their teachers, by showing commitment to homework tasks and through active participation in their live lessons.

I would also like to inform you now that we will be asking Year 11 and 13 pupils to sit an internal assessment, in the form of a Pre-Public Examination (PPE), soon after their return to school.  The data collected from these assessments will go a long way in helping to ensure that we have recent and robust data to support any judgements we are required to make.   

I wish you and everyone in your family well.  


Yours faithfully,



Dr F. Donkor