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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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Useful information and documents to guide you through taking exams at SGS.

Exams and Illness in 2022

Exams in the 2022 summer series are running as normal, all candidates should attend their scheduled examinations, even those who have mild symptoms of a respiratory illness such as Covid-19.

However, if you have a high temperature (38oC or over) or you feel unwell, you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with others.

If you have taken a Covid-19 lateral flow home test and it is positive, you should stay at home and avoid contact with others for 3 days (if you are18 and under) or 5 days (if you are older than 19 after the day you took the test) and you should also read and follow the guidance from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

You can read the UKHSA guidance on how to live safely with Covid-19 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-sets-out-how-to-live-safely-with-covid-19

If you have a high temperature, a positive Covid-19 test or you suspect that you may have Covid-19, and you feel unwell. You MUST inform the college’s in the usual way. Information on how you report your absence can be found here: https://www.sgscol.ac.uk/student-absence

If you miss an examination because of Covid-19 you will have to ‘self-certify’ your illness before the College will be able to request any special consideration for you.


  • If you must miss an examination because of Covid-19 (and you have a positive Covid-19 test) you should take and keep a photograph of the lateral flow test.
  • If you have a high temperature (38oC or over) or you feel unwell, (but cannot take a Covid-19 test), you must let the College know if you are going to be absent from an examination - if you do not report your absence we may not be able to claim special consideration from your exam board.
  • Once you have reported your absence (because of Covid-19 or suspected Covid) you will be sent a form that you will need to complete to ‘self-certify’. If you are 18 or under you will have to get your parent, carer or guardian to sign your self-certification form.

Special consideration

Special Consideration is a post examination adjustment to assessment marks or grade, given to reflect temporary injury, illness or other indisposition at the time of the examination or assessment. More information about special consideration can be found here: https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/FAQs_Special_consideration_June22_FINAL.pdf


  • Special consideration is not guaranteed. It is entirely up to each exam board to decide what special considerations can be given, who should receive it, and in what circumstances it should be available.
  • If you have to miss a GCSE or A Level exam, because you have (or suspect that you may have) Covid-19, you may be able to request a special consideration grade for your qualification.


  • Special consideration grades are only available to candidates who have completed either 25% of their whole assessment or at least one whole component within the specification.
  • Candidates for A-level Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics cannot receive a special consideration grade by only completing the Practical Skills Endorsement.
  • Candidates for GCSE English Language cannot receive a special consideration grade by only completing the Spoken Language Endorsement.
  • Special consideration grades are not available to candidates on vocational qualifications. However, if you miss an exam because you have (or suspect that you may have) Covid-19, you must still report your absence in the usual way.

When will results be available?

A level and AS level results will be available from 18th August 2022.

GCSE results will be available from 25th August 2022.

If you have applied to continue your studies at University, more information about results day can be found here: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/results-confirmation-and-clearing/ucas-undergraduate-results


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