A SCHOOL has cancelled its entrance exams in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The pupil intake for 2021 at Our Lady’s Abingdon (OLA) will instead be assessed through an online admissions interview and school references.

In a statement, the school said: “Covid-19 has caused an extended period of lockdown and school closures during 2020. During this period many pupils have missed a significant amount of schooling.

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“In these unprecedented circumstances, OLA has taken the decision to adapt its admissions approach to ensure that no child is at a disadvantage in applying to the school due to loss of education time.

“For 2021 entry to OLA senior school, there will therefore be no written entrance examination.”

Academic scholarship candidates will still sit their exam and be interviewed at the school, on January 4, whereby the school said appropriate safety measures will be in place.