Ofqual issues exams advice after Grenfell Tower blaze

Ofqual issues exams advice after Grenfell Tower blaze

Exams regulator Ofqual will meet with exam boards to discuss the impact of any exam disruption at schools based close to the Grenfell Tower blaze.

It has been reported that several people have died, with more than 50 in hospital, after a huge fire at the 24-storey west London tower block today.

Ofqual says it is aware schools and colleges close to the fire may be affected, and is urging students and parents to seek advice from schools about contingency plans for exams scheduled today.

The Kensington Aldridge Academy, located next to Grenfell Tower, has closed for the day. Year 12 students were told this morning that their AS-level maths exams will go ahead at the nearby Burlington Danes Academy.

An Ofqual spokesperson said: “We will consider with the exam boards how provisions for students who are unable to sit their exams when planned, or who take their exams but whose performance might be affected, will be applied.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected.”

A press release issued by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council last year showed that the Grenfell block was refurbished last year, as part of a wider £67 million development that included work at Kensington Aldridge Academy.

The academy’s sponsor has been approached for comment.

Sir David Carter, the national schools commissioner, tweeted this morning that the leadership team at the school are supporting families and children who have been impacted by the fire.

 

The Met Police has set up an emergency number, 0800 0961 233, for anyone concerned about friends or family.