APPLICATION PROCESS AND CRITERIA

From 15th September 2017, Wellington College International Shanghai will accept applications for entry in August 2018.  There is no application deadline but as spaces are very limited in many year groups, we recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applications to join Wellington during the current school year are received all year round, on a rolling basis and spaces are subject to availability.

Further details of how to apply can be found in the Applying to Wellington booklet.

Application process and criteria

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Step 1.

VISIT THE COLLEGE

This is optional but highly recommended – you can arrange a visit here

Step 2.

COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN ONLINE APPLICATION FORM VIA OPEN APPLY

Submit the online application, upload all available supporting documents as outlined in the application checklist and pay the non-refundable RMB 3,000 application fee. The admissions team will confirm receipt.

Step 3.

ADMISSIONS ASSESSMENT

  • For August 2018 applications: the admissions team will contact you in January 2018 to invite you to an assessment in February or March 2018.  Assessment will take place at Wellington College International Shanghai (or remotely if you are currently living outside of Shanghai).
  • For applications to start prior to August 2018: the admissions team will contact you within three days of your application date to schedule an earlier assessment.
Step 4.

ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE REVIEW APPLICATION AND ASSESSMENTS

Decision to be communicated by email within five working days.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Admissions requirements on identity

In line with policies made by the Shanghai Education Bureau, Wellington College International Shanghai can only accept families meeting the criteria in one of the four categories set out below.

*Please note that identity documents required are subject to the updated policy made by the Shanghai Education Bureau.

  • Type A. Children of foreign citizen(s)
  • Type B. PRC citizen parents – B1 child born overseas, B2 child born in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan
  • Type C. Children of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan residents
  • Type D. SHMEC waiver letter holders

The following is a checklist of documents required by different types, please carefully check before completing application form and make sure you have all the documents accordingly.

Please submit all of the documents listed below to register your child. Applications will not be processed until all documents and the application fee have been received.

CATEGORIES

Families must meet the criteria in one of the four categories set out below as determined by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SHMEC). Please choose the appropriate category and submit all relevant documentation in support of your application.

A Children of foreign citizen(s)
B PRC citizen parents – B1 child born overseas, B2 child born in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan
C Children of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan residents
D SHMEC waiver letter holders

Wellington College International Shanghai documents (Please tick)
A B C D
Completed and signed application form
RMB 3,000 non-refundable application fee (payable in cash or by bank transfer, bank details overleaf )
Official School Reports for the past two years in English (translated if required)
Supporting documents for any special learning needs (if applicable)
SHMEC Government-mandated documents (Please tick)
A B C D
Passport copy for pupil and both parents
Birth certificate of the child (with notarized translation for Type B)
Residence permit/visa issued in Shanghai for all non-PRC pupil and parents B1
Mainland Travel Permit (回乡证) and Permanent ID card (永久性居民身份证) for HK/Macau residents,or Mainland Travel Permit (台胞证) for Taiwan residents B2
Shanghai Hukouben (上海户口本) or 12 months Shanghai personal tax payment records (一年以上上海个人纳税清单), for at least one parent
Shanghai work permit: Foreign Experts Certificate (外国专家证) or Alien Employment Permit (外国人就业证),for at least one parent
Employment certification letter and business license of the company based in Shanghai*
Proof of residence in Shanghai: Either Hukouben (上海户口本) or rental agreement or certificate of real estate ownership, for at least one parent
Waiver letter from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission

Notes

  • If a family has parents with different nationalities, they can choose which application route to follow. Each family must complete all requirements of one column.
  • All government documentation is required for families already living in Shanghai to start the application process.
  • If a family is living overseas they must produce the residency permit and proof of residence in Shanghai within 30 days of their pupil starting at the College.
  • The College requires all pupils who are foreign passport holders to have a valid long term visa to stay in China.
  • Please note that the College follows the eligibility criteria set by SHMEC which may be subject to change.

 

* The employment certification letter is required for at least one parent and must include: employee name, date of birth and position, period of employment, registered company name, address, and telephone number. The certification letter needs be signed by department head and stamped with company chop on letterhead.


Click here to download the Application Checklist

Assessment requirement

The child, accompanied by their parent(s), will join us for a one-hour session during which time the teachers will assess the child on how they play and interact with other children. Pre-Nursery and Nursery parents will stay with their child in a play-based setting. Children applying for a place in Reception will be informally assessed on their basic literacy, communication and language skills. Their ability to follow instructions, some basic numeracy and their ability to express themselves through drawing will also be assessed.  
The child will join us for a one-hour session in a classroom setting where the teacher will assess the child’s ability to interact with their peers, to listen, to demonstrate independent skills and respond positively to instructions. During the session, the teacher will spend some one-on-one time with each child to review their reading, writing, phonics and speaking skills. While the child is in the classroom, a member of the admissions team will meet individually with parents to discuss their child’s developmental milestones and to discuss whether their child is ready to join Wellington.

The one-hour assessment comprises:

– An English reading and writing session where a class teacher will spend some one-on-one time with your child to ascertain their reading, writing and speaking skills (30 minutes).

– An age-appropriate mathematics test guided by a class teacher (30 minutes).

The three-hour assessment comprises:

– A computer-based cognitive ability test involving various abilities such as verbal reasoning ability, non-verbal reasoning ability, spatial perception and quantitative reasoning ability (2 hours).

– A self-selected creative writing task from a range of questions (45 minutes).

– A one-on-one session with a member of the Admissions Committee to which the applicant should bring a meaningful object that they are prepared to talk about (15 minutes).

The three hour assessment comprises:

– A computer-based cognitive ability test involving various abilities such as verbal reasoning ability, non-verbal reasoning ability, spatial perception and quantitative reasoning ability (2 hours).

– An English comprehension and creative writing task (45 minutes).

– An interview with the head or deputy head of the Senior School (15 minutes).

The three and a half hour assessment comprises:

– A computer-based cognitive ability test involving various abilities such as verbal reasoning ability, non-verbal reasoning ability, spatial perception and quantitative reasoning ability (2 hours).

– An analytical writing task (60 minutes).

– Interview with the head of Senior School (30 minutes).

– Further assessments may be required depending upon the IB subjects the applicant wishes to study.