It is school policy to encourage all pupils to prepare for suitable external examinations. The main external examinations, GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), BTEC's and Occupational Studies are currently offered in 24 subjects and taken in Year 12. Other examinations organised by Royal Society of Arts, and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music are also taken by pupils.
In order to offer as wide a range of subjects as possible the school collaborates with SERC (South Eastern Regional College) and St. Colman's High and Sixth Form College.
The school finds that this range of examinations best meets the educational needs of the pupils and enables the aspirations of its pupils. Most pupils build on their success at GCSE taking further courses at Grammar School and FE Colleges; many eventually going on to University.