In the Senior School, we provide our pupils with the opportunities to reach their full potential, develop themselves as unique individuals with the strong sense of where they belong in this ever-changing global society and a passion for everything they do. We want our pupils to be independent, confident and resilient as well as caring and respectful to others.
Pupils in the Senior School follow a rigorous academic programme that is designed to challenge every child with the finest elements of a modern British curriculum, framed within our international location to meeting the needs of all our learners. In this way we believe that Wellingtonians will emerge from the school fully equipped to deal with the bewildering pace of change in the 21st Century. Our pupils will be genuine lifelong leanrers, with an understanding of the importance of personal growth and social responsibility as a result of the academic rigour and core values we embed through our classroom practice, pupil leadership and extra-curricular opportunities.
Children in Years 7-9 follow the UK National Curriculum, albeit with an international flavour whenever possible in order to provide context for our pupils from across the globe. Children study individual subjects, with specialist teachers and they develop new practical skills in Science, DT, ICT and Art, as well as preparing themselves for the next stage in their education – the IGCSE examinations. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 prepare for these internationally acclaimed examinations for 16 year-olds through a two-year course of study. All pupils do Mathematics, English and Science, but on top of these core subjects, they also study optional ones that include Humanities, the Arts, PE and languages. Most pupils will do 10 subjects, with support for second language learners in English and Mandarin provided.
The final two years at Wellington are spent in studying for A level examinations. These are rightly regarded as the gold standard of post-16 qualifications, demanding an academic rigour and level of specialisation unrivalled across the world. Typically, pupils will take four A Levels in the first year, before focusing on three in their final year – although in exceptional cases, pupils can study up to five A Levels. We regard this pathway as the most suitable for our young people; they can have full confidence in the genuine academic nature of the subjects at A Level, as well as gain the benefits of a flexible approach to courses in preparation for their further studies at university.