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External Candidates

Please note that we will not be hosting any external candidates until the Summer season 2020.  The deadline to register is 15th December 2019.

Thank you for your enquiry about using Watford Grammar School for Girls as your exam centre, and  I do hope you find the information in this email helpful and clear.

We cannot accept entry requests for language orals, practical or non-examined assessment units and we are unable to accommodate any access arrangements (e.g. extra time).  Also, we do not offer exams using the CAIE exam board. 

The fees cover all the necessary work and documentation needed for you to be able to take your exams at this approved exam centre.  They also includes the cost of sending you your results in August (if you don’t want to collect them in person) and your exam certificates the following January.  Please note double award GCSE’s attract double fees.

Our deadline to enter for exams in the Summer Season (May/June) is 15th December previous, by which time full payment will need to have been paid.  Late entries can be accepted subject to the payment of higher fees.

It is imperative that you provide the full correct exam entry details at the time of your initial enquiry – Exam board, subject title, syllabus unit codes and, if relevant, any tier level details.

Once we have accepted your entry request, received payment and made the entries, there is no refund available.  

A Candidate Statement of Entry will be emailed to you during February.  You will need to check this document carefully to make sure you have been entered for the correct exams, and contact us immediately if there are any errors.  Once we have finalised your individual timetable it will be emailed to you with a set of formal notices and warnings from the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) detailing the procedures and behaviours which are expected during exams.

Our exam centre start times are 9:00am and 1:30pm.  You will need to be here no later than 30 mins before the exam start time shown on your timetable.  Please go to the main School Office to sign in and wait there to be collected.  If you arrive after the stated start times the exam will still end at the scheduled time.  There will be no allowance for the time lost due to your late arrival.

It is also normal for us to ask external candidates to bring photo ID (passport or driving licence) with them on their first exam day, as a double check against the photo already submitted with the registration form, and to have their photo ID with them whenever they are on our School premises.

Obviously you will need to be fully prepared and informed about the syllabus and exam unit contents, be equipped for the exam in terms of black pens, pencils etc. and the normal rules about no mobile 'phones or electronic devices in the exam room will apply.  Our own students will, of course, be in full school uniform, and the expectation is that you will be ‘smart casual’ (no jeans, shorts, sportswear, sunglasses or hats please).  Coats and jackets will need to be taken off.

Please note that we do not take any responsibility if you do not receive the timetable and documents that are sent out.  It is for you to ensure that you have received all the necessary information you need from us before the exam season starts (1st May).  We do not chase up external candidates for any missed exams.   

There will be an opportunity in early March to come and have a walk round the School and see the possible venues where you may take your exams.  As there is no parking available on the school premises this would give you a chance to try out the journey and consider possible travel/parking options.  There is a lot of parking available around Watford, within a short walk to the school site -  – and Watford High Street train station is approximately a 10 minute walk away.

The registration form and fees list are attached.


Mrs. Alison J. King

Examinations Officer (Centre 17657)

(Updated 04/09/19)