Information for University and College Admissions Teams

Due to the pandemic, St. Lawrence College, along with all schools in Greece, closed on Wednesday March 11th.  The order to remain closed was extended several times after that resulting in there being no further lessons in school for our Year 12 pupils for the rest of the academic year. In effect this means that our pupils lost six weeks of teaching with each A Level subject being afforded 9 periods a week of 40 minutes each. With Advanced Subsidiary public exams scheduled to start on May 4th, our pupils were due to finish school on April 29h.

The school quickly put in place a system of online learning using Microsoft Teams and lessons began on Friday March 13th. Pupils were given four online lessons a week consisting of 30 minutes each time. Teachers and pupils had to quickly familiarise themselves with this new way of learning and assessment and the explosion in global demand for this platform inevitably led to some technical issues which had to be overcome.

Mock examinations had been scheduled to begin on April 6th and did not go ahead, depriving pupils and teachers of the opportunity to clearly assess progress in this first year of A Levels. Instead we were able to hold ‘mini-mocks’ in May which consisted of one two-hour exam per subject based on material covered over the course of the year. These exams were conducted under strict conditions both in terms of ensuring academic validity and also to comply with COVID-19 regulations in place at the time. The grades from these mocks were used in combination with pre-lockdown assessments to create Centre Assessed Grades which were then submitted to the exam boards.