2000px-South West England in England.svg

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. . 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

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

The Park School, Yeovil - very helpful.

Devon Edit

The Small School**, Hartland (North Devon) -  NOW CLOSED - The school was registered with AQA, EDEXCEL, OCR, Cambridge International and WJEC, offered examinations at GCSE, iGCSE, and both AS and A2 at GCE. Contact Paul Wilkinson (Exams Officer) by email, or telephone 01237 441 672 (**school is sadly now closed)

Exeter - The Maynard School. 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 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 etc).' Offer A Level Science exams (AQA) and will liaise with 3A Tutors for the practical endorsement.

Queen Elizabeth Academy Crediton . A state run Academy. Known to allow external candidates for GCSEs as long as there is no coursework. Not known if they allow IGCSE candidates. Please contact them.

St John's, Sidmouth. Known to allow IGCSE external candidates for CIE and Edexcel. June 2018: Enquire and ask for a detailed breakdown of costs. Fees have gone up a lot this year and are now higher than most other southwest exam centres, even 3A in Bristol.

Ilfracombe Academy, was Ilfracombe Arts College - Edexcel and CIE IGCSEs, charges are exam board fees plus one off £20 admin charge plus £10 an hour invigilation fee where the school has no candidate. Contact Margaret Holman

South Molton - West Buckland School - Only charge for the paper (£36 per subject) AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC

The Spires College, Torquay. Admin fee £75 (one fee, valid for the year) plus exam costs. AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC - They accept external candidates for January exams as well as May/June.

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 Colours Academy near Ivybridge have opportunities for home educated students to sit Edexcel GCSE exams with them from May/June 2018. They offer Art & Design GCSE, and other subjects. Contact:

Cornwall Edit

Cape Cornwall School.

Mounts Bay School. Contact Mrs Julia Robinson. Will be accepting private candidates in 2020; can't accept any for 2019. Very helpful.

Truro High School for Girls. Contact Jean Rice on

Pool Academy Contact Tina Rowe Registered centre for AQA, Edexcel/Pearson, OCR Cambridge and WJEC. Private candidates are accepted to sit written papers only and they are not able to offer subjects with practical elements or non-exam assessments. There is no minimum age requirement to sit. Tina Rowe is really helpful.

Dorset Edit

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

Wimborne , East Dorset - Queen Elizabeth School - Accept external candidates for some exams.

Weymouth College offers all major exam boards, exam-only subjects, will do on-screen tests. Admin fee of £100 plus exam fees. No access arrangements

Gloucestershire Edit

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

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

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

Gloucester - Brockworth Enterprise School - The exam officer is Phil Vaughan. They do at least ICT IGCSE (including practical). Mill Lane Gloucester GL3 4QF. 01452 863 372 .