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Summer 2021 Contingency Exams

The DfE has decided that there will be a contingency exam series for summer 2021 for the students who missed all papers for one subject.

Please ensure that you are available to sit one exam paper for the missed subject between 28/6/21 – 16/7/21.

Students who miss all exams in one subject

If a student misses all GCSE or A level assessments in a subject due to sickness related to coronavirus (COVID-19), or the need to self-isolate and is unable to access the special consideration process, they will be eligible to sit a single contingency paper. This will take place between 28 June to 16 July 2021 and timetabled to allow at least a 10-day gap after each subject’s final paper in the main series.

Please note, this decision is not a school decision. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the contingency exam dates, to be available up to and including 16/7/21.

Exam tips and equipment 

Before the exam

1) Be prepared – that means REVISE.

2) Learn your candidate number and seat number for the exams.

3) Make sure you know when your exam starts and which room it is in. Make sure you know where the room is – you don’t want to be late because you couldn’t find the room.

4) Make sure you have any special equipment that you might need. E.g. a specific type of calculator or drawing apparatus etc. If you are not sure ask your teacher before the exam.

5) Take your books with you in a bag, that way, if you suddenly realise on the way to your exam that you have forgotten what photosynthesis means you can check it out. Books are not allowed in the exam room.

6) Don’t revise things that you don’t need to know or things that you will be given in the exam such as formulas or the periodic table.

7) The best way to prepare for an exam is to do past exam papers. This way you can see how hard the exam is and what the questions are like. Ask your teacher for some past papers to practise.

During the exam

8) Don’t panic as you may make mistakes.

9) Manage your time. Don’t spend half an hour on a 2-mark question. If you can’t do it put a star next to it and come back to it when you have answered the questions that you can do.

10) Read over your work – it’s easy to make silly mistakes.

Exam Equipment

All equipment must be kept in a clear pencil case, necessary equipment will vary exam to exam, but the main equipment you will need are:

  • A black biro pen
  • A pencil
  • A rubber
  • A ruler
  • A protractor
  • A compass
  • A calculator


If you don’t have a clear pencil case, you can use clear sandwich bags or clear punch pockets.

Results Day 2021

A Level Results Day Tuesday 10 August 2021

Results will be emailed to you in the morning. You will also be able to see your results via Insight.

GCSE Results Day Thursday 12 August 2021

Results will be emailed to you in the morning. You will also be able to see your results via Insight.

For Insight log in queries, please contact


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