The third phase of Steiner education is the Upper School. These are classes 9-11 (14 upwards). The pastoral role of the Class Teacher in this part of the school is taken over by a member of staff who becomes the class ‘Class Guardian’.
Preparation for GCSE examinations takes place in Classes 10 and 11, and the Steiner Waldorf curriculum runs in parallel with the examination syllabuses. Individual language exchanges with other schools in Europe are encouraged. All proposals for international exchanges for Upper School pupils should be referred to the appropriate Class Guardians who will bring them to the Upper School meeting; a term’s notice is required.
All pupils are entered for GCSE examinations, usually taking between four and eight subjects. The school is a centre for the AQA Examining Board. Pupils take the exams in Class 11 (17 years old). Parents pay the examination fees for their children. This years GCSE results are available here (Canterbury Steiner GCSE Results 2015)
After completing their GCSEs, pupils continue their full-time education in the sixth forms of local schools and colleges. The School has extremely good relations with many schools in Canterbury, and students usually have no problem finding places on suitable courses.