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These exam centres have either taken external candidates in the past, or have indicated that they would consider it.

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If you can reach North and East London then you will have more options - see our list of London exam centres.

Buckinghamshire Edit

Aylesbury Maple Education Centre- formerly Aylesbury Kip McGrath centre.

The venue is small and the kids felt comfortable; if you have a child who has school related issues they should be comfortable here.  Will accommodate most boards and papers.

Local home-educators have been using this exam centre for many years. Some really like it and recommend it and others have had bad experiences, such as lack of information and even being entered for the wrong exam or given the wrong exam paper. As with any exam centre, you need to double-check all entry details, and ensure your child knows to ask for help if they think there is a mix-up on the day.

Aylesbury Grammar School is accepting PCs at £120 per subject. The hitch is that they need the application in by 15th December and they may not accept the application. It depends on what it is you are wanting your child to sit.

Cambridgeshire Edit

All boards. Efficient. £125 per summer I/GCSE, £135 winter (lower numbers so invigilation costs higher).

  • Abbey College, Ramsey

Accepts private candidates as long as they are at least 16 years old. Charges the exam board fee plus an admin fee (which in Summer 2014 was £50). Very efficient, organised and helpful.

  • Ely - The Kings School

The King's School in Ely tell me they can no longer take private candidates- 18th September 2017.

Essex Edit

Clacton and Colchester -ACE Learning

Tutorial centre which also offers online tuition for home-ed people. They will accept external candidates for Edexcel written-only exams, GCSE and IGCSE, and, excitingly, they will do ICT practicals. Fees depend on the the exam and how long it takes, number of papers etc, but most GCSEs and IGCSEs are £90 - £130 per qualification as of January 2015. They will accept A-level candidates for written exams only - different fees apply.

St Thomas More School for Boys, Westcliff-On-Sea, SS0 0BW. Edexcel and AQA - possibly other boards too. Has information specifically for external candidates online. No speaking exams or lab assessments. E-mail:

Trinity Catholic High, Woodford Green IG8 0TP - exams officer on 0208 504 3419 x128

Helena Romanes School Dunmow CM6 2AU

AQA lists the following additional centres as accepting external candidates:

Seevic College, Runnymede Chase, Kiln Road, Thundersley, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1TW 01268 882 621
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Roding Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6BQ 020 8559 9160
Honywood Community Science School, Westfield Drive, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1PZ 01376 561 231
Teaseldown School, The Sugar Loaves, 175 Swan Street, Sible Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3PX 01440 785 566
New Rickstones Academy, Conrad Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 2SD 01376 515 756

The Bromfords School in Wickford, SS12 - 2017: This school no longer accepts external candidates

Palmer's College in Grays, Essex 2017: The college now only accepts ex-pupils as external candidates

Hertfordshire Edit

The John Warner School Hoddesdon EN11 0QF - Takes some Home educated children for GCSE and IGCSE exams. Approx £80 per paper. Contact or phone Exams Department on 01992 462889.

The Highfield School, Letchworth -Very helpful and accommodating exams officer Pauline Levett who can be contacted at

"We accept limited applications from private candidates.  The exam boards that we use are AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and I would only accept applications with these exam boards.  We also can only accept applications for qualifications that are 100% written exam – no coursework.

We charge the cost of the exam, as charged by the exam board, plus a £10 admin fee.  If the external student will be the only person taking an exam then we also charge for an invigilator at £8.50/hour." (updated July 2016)

St Albans Tutors - AQA ,Edexcel ,OCR, WJEC. GCSE and IGCSE and A-level. Will do access arrangements including word processor. £160 per GCSE, £105 per A-level module.

Watford Girls' Grammar school accepts private candidates. Entries for summer exams need to be made by December 15th. Helpful page full of information for external candidates about deadlines, fees etc.

Norfolk Edit

Norwich Hellesdon High School are very accommodating and have the nicest and most helpful exam officer.


Thetford Grammar School say they will accept private candidates; however they are not a Cambridge-registered school and so cannot take candidates for IGCSE CIE English. Their exams officer is Mr John Law (BEd); email address is

Suffolk Edit

Thomas Gainsborough School - Great Cornard, Suffolk, CO10 0JU

Contact: Tony Marshall, Examinations Officer Email: Telephone: 01787 314311

West Suffolk College - IP33 3RL

Tel 01284 701301.

Alde Valley School

Leiston Suffolk IP16 4BG

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