Exam Centres in the South-West of England
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).
Bath - Monkton Combe School . The exams officer is Gill Newnham, who is very supportive of home educators and is really helpful. Church Lane Monkton Combe, Bath, Avon BA2 7HG, Tel 01225 721 102. Contact Gill on email@example.com
Taunton International School - Any board, any subject, eg CIE, Edexcel. Very helpful.
The Park School, Yeovil - very helpful.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. Coursework: 'The staff in school are unable to mark any work from private candidates, so you will need a tutor to mark and authenticate the work. Depending on which board you use the Board may be willing to mark it as long as a professional tutor has authenticated it.' (email from Exams Officer July 2015)
Magdalen Court School 23/01/18 'We are very happy to provide facilities for external candidates to sit examinations with CIE. The cost is £130 per entry (which includes the CIE fee, Centre fee, invigilation, administration etc).'
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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Truro High School for Girls. Contact Jean Rice on JRice@trurohigh.co.uk
Pool Academy Contact Tina Rowe email@example.com. 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.
Wareham - Purbeck School - Edexcel GCSE and IGCSE but not CIE. Contact Mark Taylor - MTaylor@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk. 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 £80 for first subject, £50 for subsequent subjects.
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.
Ribston Hall High School - grammar school, accepts externals.
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 . www.bes.gloucs.sch.uk