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Exam Centres in the South-West of England


Bristol Edit

Bristol - 3A Tutors - Can accommodate all boards and all subjects including orals and practicals. Very good reputation amongst home educators, but charge a lot more for exams than the schools do. http://www.igcseexams.co.uk/. 1A High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol, Avon BS16 5HA, Tel 0117 910 9931

Bristol YES (Youth Education Service) offers Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths to external candidates.

Bristol - St Katherines (Not taking students for 2016 exams - informed by phone 22/1/16).


Somerset Edit

Bath - Monkton Combe School. The exams officer is Simon Robinson. This school was previously very supportive of home educators and you may find it on lists for taking independent exam candidates. Unfortunately, they have announced May/June 2019 to be the last exams they can support. Address: Church Lane Monkton Combe, Bath, Avon BA2 7HG, Tel 01225 721 102. Contact Simon on robinsons@monkton.org.uk


Taunton International School - Any board, any subject, eg CIE, Edexcel. Very helpful.

The Park School, Yeovil - very helpful. Enquired 08/01/2020 for summer 2020 exams and was told "Sadly we do not take external candidates so will not be able to help you at this time."

Devon Edit

Ilfracombe Academy, Ilfracombe was Ilfracombe Arts College - Edexcel and CIE IGCSEs, charges are exam board fees plus one off £30 admin charge plus £10 an hour invigilation fee where the school has no candidate. Contact Barry Waghorn, exams@ilfracombeacademy.org.uk - limited to 25 external candidates per sitting

Kings School, Ottery St Mary Has indicated they will allow external candidates for GCSEs with coursework. £150 per subject IGCSE, £120 per subject GCSE. AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC. There is a downloadable form on the school website under "Parents" then "Exams".

The Maynard School, Exeter Very organised but want details by Sept prior to summer sittings and payment by December. AQA, OCR or Edexcel, no practicals. Have decided to not offer A Level Sciences due to vague responses from examination boards with regards to practical endorsements.

Magdalen Court School Exeter 07/09/18 We are very happy to provide facilities for external candidates to sit examinations with CIE, AQA, OCR Edexcel. The cost is £130 per entry (which includes the board fee, Centre fee, invigilation, administration). Offer A Level Science exams (AQA) and will liaise with 3A Tutors for the practical endorsement. Magdalen Court have added an exams page on their website: https://magdalencourtschool.co.uk/school-life/tutorial-centre/ Sept 2019 note: Charged £170 for one Edexcel IGCSE entry

Queen Elizabeth Academy Crediton. A state run Academy. Known to allow external candidates for GCSEs as long as there is no coursework. They also allow IGCSE candidates, Edexcel but not CAIE. Exam Officer Julie Gray J.Gray@qe.devon.sch.uk

St John's Sidmouth Known to allow IGCSE external candidates for CAIE and Edexcel. June 2018: Enquire and ask for a detailed breakdown of costs. Fees vary but are on the high side for Devon.

Tiverton High School, Tiverton accept external candidates, although their fees are high (£100/subject plus exam board fees, invigilation at £9 per hour including 2 hours extra per paper and room hire at £35/session). Their fees document outlines this, exam officer contact is exams@tiverton.devon.sch.uk

[West Buckland School, Barnstaple NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING EXTERNAL CANDIDATES (September 2020). Exams officer Duncan Aitchison DFA@westbuckland.com]

[The Colours Academy near Ivybridge Contact: enquiries@colours.academy NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING EXTERNAL CANDIDATES, 2020]. September 2020 note: It's worth contacting them as they may take external candidates again in future.

[The Spires College Torquay NOT ACCEPTING CANDIDATES FOR 2020 ]

Cornwall Edit

Cape Cornwall School.

Truro High School for Girls. [Apparently not accepting candidates for summer 2021 Contact Jean Rice on JRice@trurohigh.co.uk]

[Pool Academy Used to accept private candidates but as of 30 August 2020 the response was "Pool Academy is unable to accept private candidates for the forseeable future"]

[Mounts Bay School. As of Sept 2019 no longer taking external candidates.]

Dorset Edit

Connie Rothman Learning Trust Bournemouth AQA and Edexcel

Purbeck School Wareham Edexcel GCSE and IGCSE but not CIE. Contact Mark Taylor - MTaylor@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk. Costs about £50 per exam, including invigilation.

Queen Elizabeth School Wimborne Accept external candidates for some exams.

Weymouth College Weymouth Offers all major exam boards, exam-only subjects, will do on-screen tests. Admin fee of £100 plus exam fees. No access arrangements https://www.weymouth.ac.uk/studying-with-us/exams-office/external-candidates/

Your Classroom private tutorial centre, Poole 2020 prices £138 GCSE and £162 IGCSE (Edexcel only for both)

Gloucestershire Edit

Cirencester Deer Park School - have been very helpful to external candidates in 2016. Edexcel and AQA.

Henley Bank High School (Was Gloucester Brockworth Enterprise School) Gloucester The exam officer was Phil Vaughan. They do at least ICT IGCSE (including practical). 01452 863 372 .

The King's School, Gloucester - independent school accepting external candidates.

Wycliffe College have had lots of home-educated external candidates for IGCSEs. Also do American SAT testing.

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