Between 14 and 16+ years of age, a range of exams and accredited courses are undertaken in the upper school classes. Embedded in the broad and diverse Steiner curriculum, these programmes of study provide choices for life and further study.
In 2011-12, these exams and courses included GCSEs in Mathematics, English and English Literature. On an individualised level, the Academy offers routes to achievement and attainment via Functional Skills and Foundation Studies. In addition, we are offering Spanish and Art GCSEs as new curricular developments, in order to provide two things: more flexibility in the offer, and to provide students with a broader range from which to choose their subjects. To reflect the Academy’s specialism of the Natural Environment, a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Countryside and Natural Environment is offered. This course is equivalent to 2 GCSE passes, with achievement at PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION and DISTINCTION*. In the area of ICT, the Academy runs an accredited programme called INGOTS. Students can achieve INGOTS at bronze, silver or gold level, according to ability and choice of options. The students also undertake the European Portfolio Certificate (EPC) as part of their studies. The EPC presents opportunities for students to undertake independent research, reflection and evaluation on projects and themes of their choosing; for example, work experience, craft, science or art. The EPC is the fruit of collaboration between Steiner schools across Europe, via a European Comenius Funding Project that was completed in 2010.