National Exam Seasons
The Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ) allows awarding bodies to deliver two main exam seasons for academic subjects annually. The November exam series for students resitting English language GCSE or Maths GCSE in KS5, and the Summer series which runs from May to June annually, is for GCSE at KS4 and KS5 and GCE (AS and A Levels) in KS5.
Vocational Qualifcations for BTEC’s/ RSL/NCFE also have an External Assessments windows as a separate series that takes place from January to May. KS4 Strand students taking qualifications with these awarding bodies can expect to sit an external assessment during year 10 or year 11, during Term 3 and/or Term 4.
Updates for Summer 2023
Practical Exam dates:
17th & 18th April 2023 GCSE Dance Option A Choreography exam until 1:30pm
27th & 28th April 2023 GCSE Art Option/ Photography option / Textiles Options Exam All day.
2nd- 5th May 2023 MFL Speaking and Listening exams for Spanish and French option
Full Summer Timetable in PDF Available from 3rd March 2023:
Please see the full summer 2023 examination timetable for our school below in PDF. This timetable will only show generic information for the subject and papers of each exam such as date and time, exam code and title of the exam. This will not show individual seating and rooming. Individual timetables will be sent to students home addresses in April 2023.
Contingency dates for the diary:
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, further resilience was needed within the exam timetables. A single contingency day was not felt to be sufficient if a national event or incident had a significant effect on the exam timetable. For example, summer exams could be affected by extremely high temperatures. For the June 2023 exams, the awarding bodies have introduced two additional half-day contingency sessions. These are on Thursday 8 June 2023 and Thursday 15 June 2023. The standard contingency day remains at the end of the timetable being scheduled on Wednesday 28 June 2023.
Students taking Functional skills, any additional Level 2 qualifications, GCSE's and GCE's are reminded they must ensure they are available on all three dates listed above for any rescheduled exams.