Applicant Information

Friday 20th March 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians/Applicants,


We recognise that you will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 GCSE exams and your progression to Newcastle Sixth Form College.

Whatever happens with your GCSE grades, we want to reassure you that we will look at them sympathetically to allow you to progress to Newcastle Sixth Form College as you originally planned.

We will contact you in April with our new plans for enrolment so that you can have certainty about your place at Newcastle Sixth Form College as soon as possible.


The Department for Education has provided some more guidance today on the plan for awarding GCSE grades. They state that:


“The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.”


At this time, the guidance is setting out the broad principles rather than the detailed process. Key points include:


  • Students will be awarded a grade based on teacher judgments (which teachers will make based on mocks and non-exam assessment, guided by DfE/Ofqual advice) combined with prior attainment and other data. The precise process will be decided soon and communicated as soon as possible.
  • Students will be able to sit exams early next academic year if they wish or in summer 2021
  • Grades will be available hopefully by the end of July, and have a similar distribution as in previous years. They can be appealed.


The full guidance can be found here:


At the moment, this is as much as we know and we appreciate that you may still have many questions. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks by text and email.


If you do have any immediate questions please email them to


Yours faithfully,


Gerard Garvey