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GCSE Exams May & June 2024

Information for students

Good luck to all our students taking exam resits in GCSE English and/or Maths in May & June 2024.

This information is designed to help you to feel prepared. We want you to know what to expect, what to bring and what to do on the day, so that you can do your best. We have shared this information in your English and Maths lessons, in your tutorial sessions, on Google Classrooms, on ‘Nescomms’ and ‘My Nescot’, 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 tutor, or your Learning Support Assistant. If you have any other questions, please contact the Exams Office.

You must register in the Refectory by 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 Dates and Times

In 2024 the GCSE exams for English and Maths are on the dates below. Please arrive in the Refectory (canteen), at 8.30am for all exams.


  • Thursday 16 May GCSE Maths - Paper 1 - Non-Calculator
  • Monday 3 June GCSE Maths - Paper 2 - Calculator 
  • Monday 10 June GCSE Maths - Paper 3 – Calculator


  • Thursday 23 May GCSE English Language - Paper 1
  • Thursday 6 June English Language - Paper 2
Locations for exams

Please don’t go directly to your exam room without registering in the Refectory first. Once you have registered you will be informed of what room you are in.

If you have special arrangements

Some students have special arrangements for their exams. This could include having a Reader or a Scribe, or having extra time. If you think you might be eligible for these arrangements, or you’re not sure whether you have already applied, please speak to your tutor in advance of your exams.

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, which are papers 2 and 3.
    • You can take water into your exam room, but this must be in a clear plastic bottle with no label.
    • If you are entitled to a Reader pen/Read Write software, 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 internet-enabled, such as Apple Airpods or similar.
What to do on the day

Please arrive by 8.30am in the Refectory for registration. 

    • Once you have registered in the Refectory, your English and/or maths teachers will be there to 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.
    • Once you have registered you will be told where your exam room is, and information about when you will be taken there. Make sure that you have your college ID ready to show the invigilator.
    • Ensure that you have all the correct materials with you that you need for your exams.
    • 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 inappropriate behaviour 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 maths & English department on 0208 394 1731 ext 3165. You can also message your English and/or maths teacher on Nescomms. If you arrive more than half an hour after the exam has started, you may not be allowed to enter the exam room but still go to the Refectory in the first instance.

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.