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Information for students, parents and carers

Good luck to all our students taking exams in GCSE English and Maths in May and June 2022.

The information below is designed to help you, and your parents or guardians. We want you to know what to expect, what to bring, and what to do on the day, so that you are prepared and can do your best. Students have been given this information already in their tutorials, in English and Maths classes, on Google Classrooms, on Nescomms, on screens around the college, and on social media.

If you have any questions please speak to your English or Maths teacher, your Personal Development Coach or your Learning Support Assistant. If you have any other questions please contact the Exams Office by calling 020 8394 3047.

Exam times and dates

In 2022 the GCSE English and Maths papers are on these dates:

  • 18th May 9.30am: English paper 1
  • 20th May 9.30am: Maths paper 1
  • 7th June 9.30am: Maths paper 2 (Calculator permitted)
  • 10th June 9.30am: English paper 2
  • 13th June 9.30am: Maths paper 3 (Calculator permitted)

You can find your own personalised GCSE exam timetable on Nescomms under ‘Timetable’. This will confirm which room you are sitting your exams in. From Monday May 9 you will also be able to be able to view this information on MyDay, our new college app.

Regardless of which room you are taking your exams in, you must register in the Refectory at 8.30am on the day of each exam. This is so that we know you are at college. We can also answer any questions you have and help you to make sure that you have everything you need with you.

Exam locations

You can check where and when your exams are by clicking on ‘Timetable’ on your Nescomms app. As of Monday May 9 you can also check on the MyDay app.

Wherever you are taking your exams, you must register in the college refectory at 8.30am on the day of each exam. Please don’t go directly to your exam room without registering first.

Before your exams

Your teachers are there to help you. Make use of the revisions sessions they are arranging.

You can also use your Google Classroom for practice tests, and Century Tech to improve your skills.

What to bring with you on the day
  • For all exams you will need to have your college ID badge.
  • For English exams: Please bring several black pens in a clear pencil case.
  • For Maths exams: Please bring several black pens, a pencil, a rubber, a ruler, a protractor, and a pair of compasses in a clear pencil case. Bring a calculator for your Calculator exams (Papers 2 and 3).
  • You can take water into your exam room, but this must be in a clear plastic bottle with no label. You are not allowed to have any kind of watch on. 
  • You must turn your mobile phone and any other electronic equipment off and leave it in your bag.
  • If you are entitled to a Reader pen then you will receive training from the Access Arrangements Assessor or Learning Support team. You must bring your own pair of headphones to the exam. These must not be ‘smart’ or wireless earbuds such as Apple Airpods or similar.
What to do on the day

Please arrive at the times listed below. If you arrive late you may not be allowed to enter the exam room.

  • You must register in the refectory at 8.30am on the day of all your exams. This is so that we know you are at college. We can also answer any questions you have, make sure you know where you are sitting your exam, and make sure that you have everything you need with you. Do not go to your exam room until you have registered in the refectory.
  • Once you have registered you can go to your exam room. You must arrive 15 minutes before the exam starts. Make sure that you have your college ID ready to present to the invigilator.
  • To check what you need for each exam, please click on ‘What to bring with you’, above.
  • Exam conditions apply as soon as you go into the exam room. You will need to take off your watch (including analogue watches) and turn off your phone and any other devices and put them in your bag. Unless you have special arrangements, the only things allowed at your desk are your clear pencil case and a bottle of water in a clear plastic bottle.
  • If you have been given access arrangements you will be briefed by the Access Arrangements Assessor or Learning Support team.

Any malpractice or behaviour that disturbs other candidates will be reported to the exam board, and appropriate penalties will be applied.

If you're late, or ill on the day

If you are ill on the day or running late you must contact the Exams Office on 020 8394 3047. If you arrive more than half an hour after the exam has started you may not be allowed to enter the exam room.

If you are absent for any reason you will need to provide evidence for why you did not attend. In some circumstances we may be able to apply to the exam board for Special Considerations for you.

Further information for candidates

Please make sure you have read and understood the information in the links below before the start of your exams.

The Warning to Candidates poster will be displayed on the door of the exam room and on the Exams noticeboard (N1 corridor). The Unauthorised Items poster will also be displayed on the door of the exam room and on the Exams noticeboard (N1 corridor).