Severe weather

Where possible, all exams will go ahead as planned and where schools and colleges can open, students should sit their exams as normal.

Alternative arrangements

If your students are unable to get into school or college due to travel problems, or the school or college is closed, you may wish to see if another suitable venue is available.

We may be able to arrange for exams to be centralised. In such cases, please ensure that completed papers:

  • include the original centre number
  • include the student (candidate) number
  • are dispatched to the examiner allocated to the school/college that made the entry, using the Parcelforce label provided.

Alternatively, students can sit exams in the next available series. If this is the last opportunity to sit the exam (eg a final re-sit for an outgoing specification), please apply online for special consideration

Withdrawing students

If you choose to withdraw students from an exam because of severe weather, please contact our Entries department directly for advice on credits and more information.

Late arrivals

If many students arrive late:

  • those already in school/college should be kept in exam conditions
  • late arrivals should sit the exam and you should apply for special consideration online using e-AQA.
  • the attendance report must include everyone who sat the exam.
  • keep the papers secure
  • prevent late arrivals from accessing the paper between the published start time and the time they entered exam conditions.

Please document the circumstances surrounding the exam, including what you have done to:

  • keep the papers secure
  • prevent late arrivals from accessing the paper between the published start time and the time they entered exam conditions.

Delivery and collection of scripts

In some severe weather cases, delivery and collection of scripts may be delayed or unable to be serviced.

  • Inform your local Parcelforce delivery office if your school/college is closed to avoid unnecessary journeys.
  • If you can't send completed papers on exam day due to early closure or Parcelforce issues, store the script envelope securely and arrange a collection as soon as possible.
  • Please refer to the Parcelforce Worldwide and Department for Education (DfE) websites.

Some preliminary material and early question papers are available from the Secure Key Materials section of e-AQA.

To find out what is available and when see Preliminary material and early question papers for AQA exams 2014-2015

If you are still having problems, please call: 0800 197 7162 (or +44 161 696 5995 from outside the UK).