The Exams Officer at Aylesbury High School can be contacted either by telephone on a direct line: 01296 388227 or by email: kburchell@ahs.bucks.sch.uk




Centre-Assessed Grades Update

Students who had been preparing for their GCSE, AS or A level examinations this summer received a letter from Ofqual that explains the process for being awarded grades.   We know that this has been a worrying time for our students and their teachers will be working hard to give the examination boards accurate assessments of grades. They will be considering all the information they have and will be paying careful attention to the expectation that students should get the grade they would most likely have achieved if they had taken examinations, and that it is no easier or harder for a student to achieve a particular grade this year, compared to previous years.

In these circumstances the usual special consideration requests, in the event that a student is unable to take an assessment or suffers a traumatic event that might affect their performance, will not apply this summer.  Instead, judgements will be based on how the students would have performed under ordinary circumstances.  Where illness or other personal circumstances might have affected performance in mock exams (or in some cases other assessed work), this will be considered when making our judgement.

Similarly, where students with special educational needs or a disability have an agreed reasonable adjustment (for example a reader or scribe), or other students have an agreed access arrangement, the school’s judgement will take account of likely achievement with the reasonable adjustment/access arrangement in place.

Our teachers are not allowed to discuss the grades they will be submitting with students or their parents.  We ask that all students and parents respect this requirement of the examination boards.

Please be assured that our teachers are giving very close attention to the expectations on them.

Mrs Nette Hamnett, Deputy Headteacher & DSL

Important note
: For the Summer 2019 exam series, and all subsequent years, a contingency’ exam day has been arranged by all the examination boards. This contingency day has been introduced in the event of widespread sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the Summer series. This is in response to the events of Summer 2017, namely the Manchester Arena attack and the Grenfell Tower Fire. The JCQ believe they need to have the option to postpone an exam in the event of a major incident to provide all students with a fair opportunity to sit the exam. All students MUST be available up to, and including, this date.

Exam Contingency Day: Wednesday 24 June 2020

A Level results day: Thursday 13 August 2020

GCSE results day: Thursday 20 August 2020

Year 13 Exams (Postponed from Year 12 – June)
The Year 12 exams which were postponed from June will now be held in early September. The timetable for these exams can be found here.

If you have any queries regarding this or anything exam related please contact Mrs Burchell on the above email.


Information on obtaining replacement GCE and GCSE examination certificates can be found on:


General Exam Information:

Exam Information Document

Changes to A Level Science Assessed Practicals (PAGs)

Information on Special Consideration for External Exams

Information on Access Arrangements for External Exams

Internal appeals procedures


JCQ Documents:

JCQ Warning to Candidates

JCQ Information on Coursework

JCQ Information on Non- Exam Assessments

JCQ Information on Written Exams

JCQ Information on Social Media

JCQ Candidate Privacy Notice