Pre-Prep – Years 1-2

Our youngest Wellingtonians are encouraged to develop their own individual learning skills in stimulating, colourful and child-friendly surroundings.

At Wellington College International Hangzhou, Pre-Prep begins at Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2). For Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception age children, we recommend that parents enrol their children in Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou Nursery.

At Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou Nursery, the children follow the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum along with the Chinese guidelines for Early Years. This supportive, caring and research-based bilingual environment provides children with the perfect foundation for moving into Key Stage One. For more information, please refer to the Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou Nursery website here (

The transition from Early Years to Key Stage One sees the style of learning develop to more formal lessons where they follow the English National Curriculum as a basis for the core subjects, and the International Primary Curriculum for cross curricular topic work.

All children are taught for the majority of the day by a classroom teacher who, as well as teaching many of the principal subjects, will provide excellent pastoral care for which all Wellington schools are justifiably renowned. Specialist teachers lead Mandarin, Music and Swimming lessons across the Pre-Prep. From Year One onwards they also have PE and ICT specialist teachers.


Lower -Prep Years 3-6

As pupils move on from Pre-Prep into the Lower -Prep School, the emphasis is on high academic standards coupled with an extensive and varied programme of co-curricular activities

Lower Prep at Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) follows the English National Curriculum as well as the International Primary Curriculum. at the same time drawing very much on our Wellington Identity and Value, encouraging all Wellingtonians to fulfil their potential. Our main goal is to generate a love of learning that will set up our young boys and girls for success both in this formative stage of their development and beyond. This is achieved through the highly effective combination of traditional, formal teaching delivered through imaginative and creative approaches, using the most modern classroom practices. The curriculum we use also reflects on the fact that the College will be an international school with a multi-national pupil body and will be stretching, having been designed to meet the needs of each individual by giving a breadth of educational experience and an academic depth that prepares them for their move upwards.

Upper Prep (Years 7-9) will see pupils transition into Key Stage where they begin their important preparation for Senior School.



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