Exam 2020 FAQ

A message for all exam candidates in this summer’s series:

For this summer’s awards, Ofqual has asked schools and colleges to provide centre assessed grades for their students.  Schools will award exam grades based on their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believe a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year. 


This will take into account a full range of available evidence such as:

  • non-exam assessment; 

  • PPEs

  • any participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama or PE

  • any other records of student performance over the course of study including both classwork and homework. 


Ofqual have also asked schools and colleges to provide a rank order of students within each grade in a subject. For example, for all those students with a centre assessment grade of 5 in GCSE maths, are ranked in order, where 1 is the most secure attaining student and so on to the least secure.


Exam boards, to standardise grades across all schools, will use this ranking information, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair. Students should not be advantaged or disadvantaged by their schools or colleges being more or less generous than others, when making these judgements. 


This means that the final grade you are awarded could be different from the grade sent to the exam board by your school.


Exam Results

Ofqual have confirmed that the exam result dates will remain as originally planned.


GCSE and Level 2 BTEC results for year 11, and those year 10 students who were entered for English Literature early, will be available from school on Thursday 20 August 2020.


However, the strict social distancing measures currently in place means that disappointingly, we are unable to invite students into school to pick up their results.  Therefore the process for receiving exam grades this year will be electronic.  


Students will be able to access their results from 8.00am on Thursday 20th August using their GO 4 Schools account.

Will students be able to sit all of their exams in the autumn?

Yes, Ofqual are committed to doing all that they can to make sure students are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances and have allowed exam boards to provide an autumn exam series. This will enable any student who does not feel their calculated grade reflects their ability to have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity.


If an exam is taken in the Autumn series both grades will stand.


The Autumn exam season will run from 2nd November to 23rd November. 

Can students appeal the calculated grades awarded?


Yes, where appropriate an appeals process will be available by contacting the school on exam.enquiries@sthsch.com 


For further information, please follow the links below:

  • A video produced by Ofqual explaining in detail how this process has been completed by schools can be found here 


  • For further information on the moderation process and on the option of resitting an exam in Autumn 2020 or Summer 2021 please visit the following site here


  • The Ofqual website where you can find all the information and latest updates about the summer 2020 examinations can be found here 


  • Further guidance on the calculated grade process for Vocational and technical qualifications can be found here



If you have any questions or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact exam.enquiries@sthsch.com 

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