Answers to the Top 15 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions a family can make. We are confident that at Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou, we offer the best education available to children of all nationalities. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions of parents attending Meet the Master parent information sessions, and through daily enquiries to the Admissions team.

1 Do you offer school bus? What are the bus routes?

Yes, Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou will offer a professional, safe and convenient bus programme throughout the city of Hangzhou. We are extremely proud of the bus company that has been selected, following a rigorous tendering process. The school bus will be available for pupils from Grade 1-7.

At this early stage we cannot guarantee that every family who applies for our bus service will have a pick-up and drop-off point directly to or from their desired address. Creating bus routes is a complex process. However, we are fortunate to have selected one of the most professional bus services available to international and bilingual schools in China. Through their advanced bus route mapping software, they can calculate the quickest and most efficient bus routes throughout the city. As a result, we are confident that our bus service will reach all desired addresses within a 60-minute drive from the school. If you have been offered a place at the College and would like to apply for the bus service, please log into your OpenApply account and complete the bus application form. You will be informed of the bus route availability once routes have been finalised.

Some of the key features of our school bus service are:

  • Air purifiers on all school buses to ensure the safety of the children
  • Mobile messaging system to alert parents when children alight the bus
  • Mapping system to show parents where the buses are at all times (via mobile app)
  • Central managing system where the routes of all buses, and their current speed, are tracked in real-time
  • Regular safety drills and inspections

2 My home is far away from your school, and we have applied for Grade 2. So could you please make an exception for my child to get boarding?

We believe that children should live at home with their parents during their critical developmental stages of early Primary school, in line with our educational ethos of well-rounded development. As a result, we will open boarding for Grades 4 and above. We have no plans at this stage to open boarding for Grades 3 or below in the future.

3 How is lunch arranged for pupils?

Through our rigorous catering tendering process, we are proud to announce that we have selected Sodexo to be the catering services manager for Wellington College Hangzhou.

Sodexo is a world leader in quality of life services, serving 75 million consumers worldwide daily. In Asia-Pasific, Sodexo is the choice of catering vendor for many top-class educaional institutes. For Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou, a professional team from Sodexo will work onsite daily for supervision and improving, to keep up with the Wellington College standard.

4 How can you make sure the air quality is good?

All Wellington College schools take the health and safety of our pupils and staff as a number one priority. This extends from the quality and safety of the materials chosen to construct and furnish the school, through to the air that our community members breath throughout the day. The school has been constructed be the same team who built Wellington College International Shanghai, to the same high Wellington specifications of safety and quality. Almost all furniture throughout the school comes from Haworth, a well-regarded and highly awarded international furniture brand that uses E0 board materials, meeting the highest environmental standards. Tables, chairs and workstations throughout the campus are certified by US LEED and Green Guard.

At any time when the outside Air Quality Index exceeds 150 ppm of PM2.5, outside activities will be suspended and children will be required to hold their break-times inside. We are fortunate to have extensive indoor facilities, including a 1,500 square metre indoor gymnasium. All school buildings are installed with a centralised ventilation system including G4+F8 filters, which can filter more than 85% of PM2.5 air pollution particles. But, we don’t stop there. In addition to this, every single classroom is equipped with a Panasonic Air Purification system. This brand of air purification was selected after an extensive testing and assessment period in our Nursery building during the pre-opening phase of the College, where it was determined that the Panasonic systems achieved superior air purification results. Our air-conditioning systems throughout the College are also of the highest levels of quality. Here, we have selected the Daikin VRV system for classrooms and the Trane HVAC system for large open spaces. We stay committed to the health and well-being of our children, and our high-quality air purification system is evidence of that commitment. Parents of Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou can rest assured that their children will be taught in a clean and safe environment.

5 Do you have Senior High school? Why don’t you open grades higher than Grade 7 this year?

Opening up to Grade 7 in the first year is a deliberate decision to ensure the highest academic results for our pupils now and in the future. From Grade 9 onwards, our pupils will embark on the rigorous IGCSE, which will be delivered in English. From there pupils will choose to pursue either the A Level or IB Diploma Programme. We wish to ensure that all pupils who enter Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou have at least two years within the unique Wellington College environment to prepare them both academically and socially for the rigors of Senior High. We are confident that all pupils who are selected to enroll at Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou have the capacity to achieve the high results that are expected of Wellingtonians, hence our rigorous admissions process.

6 What kind of support will you provide to help pupils get enrolled in universities worldwide? Do you have connections with the top universities?

As with all Wellington College schools, we will employ professional and experienced university guidance counsellors who, as a part of our unique pastoral care programme, will work with each individual pupil in helping them to determine an appropriate tertiary study path that matches their interests and abilities. We will coach them through the university entrance process ensuring that they apply for the universities they desire to enter. We are confident that all Wellington College pupils, when embodying the Wellington Identities, will be viewed as favourable applicants to the top-universities around the world. This is in line with the previous strong track-record of other Wellington College China schools, who already have extensive and enviable university acceptances, and a range of deep relationships with top universities around the world.

7 I know your curriculum is a combination of Chinese and British. Is that a disadvantage if I plan to apply for American universities?

Children who pursue Senior High at Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou can use their study credits to apply for universities around the world, and indeed will be viewed as favourable applicants given the range of additional experiences they will obtain throughout their time at the College. As the world moves to a knowledge and skills based economy, universities are looking for more than academic results. They desire applicants who can demonstrate a range of abilities and extra-curricular experiences, such as those on offer, encouraged and supported at Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou.

8 What kind of pupils are you looking for? Do you set certain criteria for parents?

Wellington College is a selective school but does not enroll children based upon academic criteria alone. In line with the ethos of the College, we aim to admit pupils with a wide range of skills and abilities. The characteristics that are considered particularly important in the selection and decision making process include:

  • Academic ability, enthusiasm for arts, music, sports and service
  • A willingness to work hard with a positive attitude towards learning
  • An international outlook and a desire to be a global citizen of the future
  • A desire to grow into a true Wellingtonian and develop in a range of areas by taking full advantage of the opportunities on offer at Wellington and a commitment to making a positive contribution to the Wellington community
  • Aspiration to fulfil and live by the Wellington core values of kindness, courage, respect, integrity and responsibility

Families are an integral part of our Wellington Community. We all know that for the best of pupils’ education, families and school need to work closely and collaboratively. Therefore, we look forward to the families who embody our values and identities, who understand the value of bilingual education, who are committed to building up the caring community together with Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou.

9 What is your latest admission status?

According to our admissions plan, the College will open in the first year with Early Years (Early Years 1-4), Primary School (Grades 1-6) and Junior High (Grade7). At present, each grade has a significant number of applications, especially in Early Years 2, Grade 1 and Grade 7. We expect that these Grades will close admissions shortly, and others will soon be full also. While we are currently still processing applications, if you are interested in attending any Grade level in the 2018-2019 academic year, we encourage an early application to avoid disappointment.

10 Is there any difference between the “Application form” and “Enquiry form” on the website?

OpenApply is used to manage enrollment.  If you have learned about the College and are ready to proceed to an application, please complete the “Application form”. If you have further questions about the College, please complete the “Enquiry form”, an Admissions Officer will contact you in two working days. Please do not submit an application unless you are genuinely committed to attending the school.

You can contact us and find out the information on our website or WeChat account. The OpenApply account and password will be the only access to upload further information about your children, please keep it in mind.  Once you have set your OpenApply account, it cannot be change, unless you reapply.

11 How can I switch the language in OpenApply?

As a bilingual school, all communication will be bilingual. Click the flag in the upper right of the website to switch the language.

12 How to confirm the application has been successfully submitted?

When you received an E-mail entitled ‘thank you for applying Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou’, it means that you have successfully submitted. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Admissions hotline 0571-8369-7900.

13 What are the following steps after application?

When you receive the E-mail entitled  ‘thank you for applying Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou’ please upload all the requested documents. With documents fully uploaded, our Admissions office will call to invite you to following activities including a classroom experience, a CAT4 (for G2 to G7) and a family interview.

14 Can I upload the requested documents with my mobile phone?

Yes, you can access the OpenApply system from a mobile device, but we recommend using a PC for a better user experience while uploading the documents. After logging in, click the pupil’s name (you can add more than one pupils’ information under one parent account), and then upload documents as the list requests.

15 I’ve called several times but couldn’t get it answered. Is there better way to reach your Admissions office? May I go to visit your school?

Our office opens at 8:30-11:30am, 12:30-5:30pm, Monday to Friday. Due to the large amount of enquiries recently, our hotline has been busy all day. We apologise for the inconvenience if you have been trying to contact us but have been unable to.

Due to the high volume of enquiries and questions for our admissions department, we are making active steps to increase the number of channels that parents can use to communicate with us.

Admissions WeChat account: We have now created a dedicated Admissions WeChat account that parents can use after-hours to reach the Admissions team. Please add the WeChat account by search for ‘AdmissionsHangzhou’ or scanning the QR code below:

We understand your eagerness to visit our school in person and we also look forward to meeting with all prospective parents to explain our school ethos. However, due to the overwhelming demand we may be unable to meet each individual family for a personal introduction. We encourage families who wish to know more about the school to first follow our official WeChat account. There they can find a significant amount of information about the school. The Week Ahead is posted every Friday, which is written by Paul Rogers, Excutive Master of Wellington College Hangzhou. Additionally, we regularly host Meet the Master parent information sessions, which are a great opportunity to meet the academic team, learn about the College and ask the questions that are important to you.

Due to popular demand, we will also begin hosting regular Parent Question and Answer Sessions. To join one of these sessions, please contact the Admissions team and register your details. We look forward to seeing you there.

As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to email us at admissions.hangzhou@wellingtoncollege.cn. We will endeavor to reply to all emails within 2 business days.