Since the opening of Wellington College International Tianjin in 2011, followed by Wellington College International in Shanghai in 2014 and Hangzhou in 2018 respectfully. Wellington College China has become synonymous with high-quality British education in China.
British education is recognised for its rigour and quality, and the National Curriculum for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is the most commonly adopted in over 5000 international schools across the world. The strengths of the English education system are not only the high-quality curriculum and assessment framework, but also the high-quality teaching. In addition, Britain is the leading country in the world for school leadership. This is supported by the world leading research taking place in education departments in many universities across the nation.
Independent education in Britain has a deep history, with many schools having hundreds of years of history. Moreover, access to independent school education is highly competitive, with the schools tending to combine a sense of tradition with the best research-based educational practices. Independent schools in Britain use the same basic academic curricula as their state school counterparts. What they teach in the classroom is not radically different in content. The real difference is in the approach of independent schools to the extra curricula focus of the school and the way in which they nurture the pastoral aspects of their pupil’s development. The educational model is typically holistic in nature and often incorporates a boarding school experience.
A British education holds the basic expectation that pupils will achieve academic success. Therefore, it is not academic performance alone that is regarded as a key feature of British schools. Rather, a British education will seek to equip pupils with the qualities and characteristics that will be advantageous in life.
Pupils will be expected to demonstrate mindfulness in their behavior; they should use good manners, know how to behave in different situations, and demonstrate characteristics that make them competitive, determined and resolute.
Often a British education will place a large emphasis on participation in competitive sports games, and pupils will have regular lessons in team-sports. They will compete with pupils from other schools on a regular basis. Over many years, this has a real impact. Pupils learn how to play fairly, to work hard, operate as part of a team, to win and lose with grace and to learn from defeats so that future performance can be improved.
Music and the arts are also high profile within the curriculum. In the best of schools, all of these areas are encouraged and developed, with the school helping all of their pupils find their areas of strengths so that they can reach their full potential.
Pupils who obtain a British education leave their schools full of confidence and self-belief, but without arrogance. Independence, integrity, empathy, respect and tolerance, together with good morals and understanding are all encouraged in a British education, as is an acceptance of individuality and eccentricity. The Wellington Values of Courage, Responsibility, Respect, Kindness and Integrity are the embodiment of a British education.
A great British education will develop all areas of a pupil’s character, not simply the academic. They then equip the pupil with the character traits to give them success and the confidence and self-believe to be successful.
At Wellington College International Tianjin, we aim to combine the very best elements of a British education. We will develop in all our pupils the Wellington Identities. Our pupils will leave Wellington as true Wellingtonians; those who are Inspired, Intellectual, Independent, Individual and Inclusive.