This Key Stage is dominated by the first public examinations that a pupil takes, the IGCSE exams, which are sat at the end of Year 11. These two-year courses are finally selected at the start of Year 10 after extensive discussion and guidance at the end of Year 9. Currently at St. Lawrence College, all children in Years 10 and 11 take Mathematics, English (Language and usually Literature), Greek, History and Physical Education (which is not currently an IGCSE subject). Pupils also select four more subjects. This will be one subject from each of the following four groups:

  1. Chemistry / Business Studies
  2. Physics / Geography
  3. Biology / Art & Design
  4. French / Chinese / Spanish (from 2018) / Computer Science / Art & Design

Pupils receive continual guidance and support in order to aid their progress. They are assessed thoroughly and regularly and advised, where appropriate, as to whether they should sit for the extended or core option in specific IGCSE subjects where these options exist. Year 11 pupils sit mock examinations in March, by which time it is expected that all IGCSE syllabus content has been covered. These mocks give a clear indication of the position the pupils are in and on what areas they need to focus their final preparation as the real examinations approach.

Before pupils complete Year 11 and Key Stage 4 they receive orientation guidance and advice concerning what lies ahead. They learn about Key Stage 5 education, what A-Levels mean and the choices they might make with a view to higher education and career paths. The parents of pupils in Year 11 also receive this orientation guidance in separate sessions to their children.

Key Stage 4 is completed with the real IGCSE examinations, which take place in May and early June at the end of a pupil’s Year 11. For further information see the Curriculum Policy of the senior school.