Exam Information

Cancellation of External Exams – Summer 2020
The Government announced the cancellation of all external exams this summer on 18 March. The exam boards will now award grades based on input from schools and following their own statistical analysis but we don’t as yet have any information about exactly how this will be done. Our understanding is that NEA and coursework components should still be completed and submitted in the usual way as these components will be used as part of the awarding process.

The Government has said there will be an opportunity for students to take exams if they’re unhappy with the grades awarded as soon as possible after we return to school in the autumn although details have not yet been announced.

You can read the Government announcement about the cancellation here.


Exams and Bad Weather
In the event of bad weather in the region and the school being closed on exam days we will still attempt to open so that students have the opportunity to sit their exams. Students should report to the exam venue as previously advised by 8:50am for a morning exam and 12:50pm for an afternoon exam. Please note that students arriving late may not be able to sit the examination.

Students should not risk their safety to get to school if the conditions are particularly bad either in the area in which they live or around school. If a student misses or is late for an exam for any reason it is not possible for them to take it on another day. We can apply for special consideration in some situations but essentially exams that have been missed can only be retaken the following year.


Students are only allowed to write with a black pen for all external exams. Students should come to their exams with all the equipment they need including black pens, pencils, mathematical equipment, a calculator and any other permitted equipment for specific exams. All equipment must be brought into the exam room in a transparent pencil case. Students are allowed to bring bottled water into exams but the bottles must not have any labels on them. Students must not bring a mobile phone, a smart watch or any other internet-enabled device into the exam room – doing so would almost certainly result in disqualification.


DDA Access Policy for Examinations
St Wilfrid’s is committed to equality of opportunity and is keen to promote a learning and working environment that is inclusive, celebrates diversity and does not discriminate against any group. Please see the full policy which is available below.

External Examination Certificates
While the Academy is closed, you can’t come in to collect any certificates that we may still have in our archive. If you have a query about your results or certificates please email enquiries@saintwilfrids.co.uk and make sure you include your full name, DOB and the Year(s) when you took your exams here in your message. We don’t post certificates as we need a signature on receipt. Staff are only in school on a rota system at the moment but a member of the exam team will get back to you as soon as possible.