Information regarding the GCSE and A Level exams process for summer 2024 (known as the June 2024 series) is set out below under the relevant tab. If you have any questions at all regarding the exams, students can see Mrs Bayliss at any time during the school day (currently in the office opposite F38) or parents/guardians can email on:
Should you wish to contact the examination boards for guidance regarding the current situation in school and your child’s GCSE/A Level studies , the details are:
Pearson (Edexcel) https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/contact-us.html
Eduqas (WJEC) https://www.wjec.co.uk/home/about-us/useful-contacts/
Secondary Phase/GCSE Examinations
The GCSE exams for the June 2024 series will take place from Thursday 9th May to Wednesday 19th June 2024.
For the June 2024 exams the awarding bodies have therefore introduced two additional half-day contingency sessions. These are on the afternoons of Thursday 6th June and Thursday 13th June. The standard contingency day remains at the end of the timetable being scheduled on Wednesday 26th June 2024.
Please ensure that your child is available on these extra half day sessions, and also up to and including Wednesday 26th June. If an individual student misses a timetabled examination it cannot then be sat on any of these contingency dates, they are solely for the purpose of a national event or significant local disruption affecting the whole cohort. You are advised not to book a holiday until after these dates, as being on holiday is not an acceptable reason to miss a GCSE exam.
Sixth Form/A Level Examinations
The A Level exams for the June 2023 series will take place from Thursday 9th May to Wednesday 19th June 2024
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have announced that there will be additional contingency days for this summer’s GCSE and A Level examinations. The contingency day is in the event of national or significant local disruption to exams in the UK. 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 therefore introduced two additional half-day contingency sessions. These are on Thursday 6th June 2023 and Thursday 13th June 2024. The standard contingency day remains at the end of the timetable being scheduled on Wednesday 26th June 2024.
Please ensure that your child is available on these extra half day sessions, and also up to and including Wednesday 26th June 2024. If an individual student misses a timetabled examination it cannot then be sat on any of these contingency dates, they are solely for the purpose of a national event or significant local disruption affecting the whole cohort. You are advised not to book a holiday until after these dates, as being on holiday is not an acceptable reason to miss a GCE exam.
If you are ill on the day of an exam you are advised to still try and attend the exam. If this is not possible you should provide evidence, if available, of the illness to Mrs Bayliss at the earliest opportunity. If you are absent for another reason you (or parent/guardian) should make contact with Mrs Bayliss on the day to give an explanation, again with evidence if this is applicable. Exams will not be rescheduled for another day. You will only have one opportunity to sit each paper.
The A Level results day is Thursday 15th August 2024. The results will be given out between 8.00 am and 10.00 am (location to be advised).
If you are unable to attend on this day, and you wish to receive your results by post, you should provide the Examinations Officer with a stamped self-addressed envelope (please ensure that the correct amount of postage is applied if using a large envelope) by Friday 12th July 2024. Results will be posted on results day so you will receive them within 1 or 2 days, depending on the postage you have applied. Alternatively you can arrange for another person to collect your results on your behalf. That person must have a letter of permission from you (or this has been provided to Mrs Bayliss in advance of results day), authorising them to collect your results, and photo ID for themselves. Results will not be handed over without both of these requirements being met.
Results are not given out over the phone. Results can be sent via email to the student’s personal email. Results will not be issued to parents via email without the written permission from the student. This arrangement must be made with Mrs Bayliss in advance of results day. This request can be made in the summer holidays as she will be monitoring emails during this time.
Members of the Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Sixth Form, Heads of Department and a Careers Adviser may be available on this date for any advice concerning the results.
If you have a question about your results please speak to Mrs Bayliss on the day or via email. Information about Reviews of Results will be available on the results day.
Your A Level certificates, which are proof from the individual exam boards of the grades you achieved (they are not the statement of results you will receive on results day), will be available for collection from school from mid-November 2024.
Students should come into school to collect their certificates. Please contact Mrs Bayliss at firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-arrange a time/date for collection. If you cannot collect your certificates in person then you can send someone on your behalf. They must have a letter of permission from you (or this can be given via an email from yourself) and photo ID of themselves to confirm their identity. Certificates will only be posted when none of the above can happen.
Please keep your certificates safe. They are valuable documents and are difficult to replace. If certificates are misplaced or damaged, you should contact the relevant exam boards to discuss replacement. Aylesford School does not keep copies of certificates. If you legally change your name following receipt of your certificates you should contact the relevant exam board to discuss amending them.
Certificates will be kept in secure storage in school for 4 years. After this time they will be confidentially and securely destroyed.
Students will not be contacted by Aylesford School to remind them to collect their certificates.
Please read the documents below which give important information relevant to the exams process, including coursework, non-exam assessments and written exams.
IFC Written Examinations 2022IFC Coursework Assessments 2022IFC NE Assessments 2022IFC On-Screen Examinations 2022Information for candidates Privacy Notice 21-22JCQ Preparing to sit your examsSocial Media Information for Candidates