The government has cancelled all school and college exams and assessments this year. This is because of the national Coronavirus restrictions. 

It applies to all age groups – from pre-school all the way up to A-levels.

The government’s Office for Qualifications (Ofqual) has sent a very clear and detailed message to students explaining how this affects GCSE and A-level students and what will now happen instead. 

The letter explains how exam grades will be determined, and what it all means in terms of applying for A-level, college or university places. Please read it carefully.

If you have a specific query about the exam cancellations and how they might affect you personally, please contact your school or college in the first instance.

We understand that all these changes will be having an impact on our students. In particular this could be a worrying time for GCSE and A-level students in the city. 

Support available

The support that would usually be available during exam and assessment times through schools and colleges will continue to be provided by telephone or email contact. 

This includes the support available for students who are experiencing a heightened level of anxiety and where this is having a significant impact on their emotional wellbeing and mental health.
If you are a parent or carer who is concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing or mental health, you can contact their school or college directly. 

You can also phone our Schools Wellbeing Service on 01273 293 481 or email them at 

More information

Find information and support on the following websites.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 on GOV.UK.

Supporting your child during exam time on the YoungMinds website.

Mental health and well being information on the Mind website.