Thanks to the dedication of both pupils and teaching staff, we are proud to be able to demonstrate that we are one of the highest achieving international schools in China.

Though undeniably important, we strongly believe that delivering an outstanding education is not just about the end exam results; it also involves the fostering of a sense of intellectual curiosity and a lifelong passion for learning. We aim to send inspired adults out into the world, equipped with the skills and independence necessary to thrive at university and beyond.

Academic Results

IB Diploma

Wellington’s second cohort of IB pupils took their exams in the summer of 2018. All 15 pupils gained the full Diploma, with an average score of 36.5 points, comfortably above the global average of 29.5 points. Pupils have gone on to study at a range of prestigious institutions in the UK, China, the United States, Canada and Australia, pursuing courses in areas such as medical sciences, mathematics, engineering, international relations, business management, languages, music and law.

  • All 15 of Wellington’s year 13 pupils were entered for the the full Diploma qualification; all achieved it.
  • The average score for this cohort was 36.5, up from an average of 35.2 in 2017.
  • This is comfortably above the global average of 29.5 points.
  • 3 pupils gained 40+ points
  • Among a number of strong subject performances, all 10 pupils taking French, and Chinese as a foreign language scored 7s (the highest result possible).

  • At the IB level, a third of all Wellington pupils scored over 40 points, with the top score being 44. Globally, only 4% of IB pupils achieve a score of over 40.
  • All pupils who gained the Diploma did so with at least 30 points, which is the IB global average.
  • The overall cohort mean was 35.2.


The 2018 IGCSE results built strongly on the successes achieved by the first two cohorts to take these exams. 75% of all 2018 IGCSE grades were at A or A*, and 47% overall being A*, the most common grade achieved by Wellington pupils across over 320 exam entries. Our broad IGCSE curriculum, which ensures pupils study a range of sciences, languages, arts and humanities subjects, provides our pupils with a very strong platform from which they can confidently look towards further success in the IB Diploma Programme, and at undergraduate level study.

  • There were 34 Year 11 pupils, and 326 exam entries.
  • 47% of all grades were at A* level; this is the most common grade for Wellington pupils, followed by an A.
  • Overall, 75% of all grades were A* or A, an increase on the 66% of A* and A grades achieved during the first and second years of IGCSE examinations at the College.
  • 76% of pupils achieved 5 or more A* or A grades.
  • 38% of pupils achieved 5 or more A* grades.
  • 4 pupils achieved 9 or more A* grades.
  • 96% of all grades were at A* to B, up from 85% in 2017.
  • 99% of all grades were at A* to C, up from 98% in 2017.
  • Among a number of impressive subject performances, all 7 pupils taking IGCSE French achieved A* grades. 100% of pupils taking Maths and Physics achieved grades A* to B, with 94% A* to A in Mathematics and 89% A* to A in Physics.
  • 13 out of the 19 pupils who took all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) achieved A* grades in all three subjects.

  • At IGCSE, 66% of pupils achieved A*or A grades. This is the second year running that Wellington has achieved such a high percentage of grades; a significant achievement
  • 71% of pupils achieved five or more A* or A grade results. A* was by far the most common grade achieved by Wellington pupils.
  • Some outstanding areas include Spanish (100% A*), mathematics (95% A*/A), Chinese (first language, second language and Mandarin as a foreign language) and the three sciences (physics, chemistry and biology).

Among these excellent results there are plenty of stories of individual brilliance. For example, two year 10 pupils took IGCSE mathematics a year early, attaining perfect scores.

In 2016, we had 180 entries from 18 pupils:

  • 41% of entries achieved A* grades
  • 66% A* or A grades
  • 88% A*- B grades
  • 95% A*- C grades

Other key measurements include:

  • 39% of pupils achieved 5 or more A* grades
  • 67% achieved 5 or more A* or A grades
  • 94% achieved 5 or more A*- B grades
  • 100% achieved 5 or more A*- C grades

It is worth noting that A* was overwhelmingly the most common grade, followed by the A, B and C grades respectively. Overall, two thirds of exam entries resulted in A*s or As, clearly marking Wellington College International Shanghai as an ‘A* or A grade school’.

There were some exceptional individual subject achievements:

  • 100% of our pupils achieved an A* grade in Mandarin and 88% of all foreign languages entries also resulted in an A*.
  • 72% of pupils claimed an A* in mathematics IGCSE and 80% achieved the top grade in additional mathematics, a higher level course.
  • The majority of our pupils achieved an A* in chemistry.

Outstanding achievement by Wellington College’s pupils was the norm rather than the exception, with most pupils achieving eight or more A* or A grades.



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