Outstanding academic achievement is at the heart of an education here at Wellington. Throughout the school, pupils are expected to be ambitious learners, challenged to reach their targets and even exceed them at all levels.
Our bilingual nursery – the Nest – offers the very finest all-around early years’ education in Tianjin. Children from 2 years of age are provided with a structured, rigorous programme, designed to develop the essential skills required to flourish in the 21st Century world.
Wellington’s Junior School educates children aged from 6-11 years within a bespoke educational programme, combining the core tenets of the English National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). There is a particular emphasis on stretching and challenging pupils in maths and English. Whilst the core curriculum is that of the English National Curriculum, the IPC provides a thematic thread which draws in global themes and perspectives, thus ensuring that it is a consistently international programme of study for our pupils. Pupils are guided through their learning by classroom teachers and subject specialists, notably in music, PE, Mandarin and, increasingly, information technology and science. As with pupils at all stages of a Wellington education, the educational experience is underpinned throughout by the school’s core values of respect, kindness, responsibility, integrity and courage, helping to prepare young people for a world beyond school.
Wellingtonians graduate at the age of 18 years as confident, independent and resilient young people. This is the result of their journey through our educational programme, combining a determination to achieve the best examination results possible, but also reinforcing the essential skills needed to thrive in the wider world. Whether it is in the classroom, or on the sports’ field, on the stage or whilst engaged in service projects across our wider community, our pupils receive an all-round education designed to help them flourish as global citizens. Our examination qualifications – International GCSE and A Levels – arm pupils with some of the most prestigious academic awards anywhere in the world and provide a clear pathway to the world’s top universities.
A Level examinations are taken at 18 years of age, after a two-year course of study, and admission to universities across the world is largely dependent upon gaining top grades in these exams. In China, as across the world, A Levels are regarded as the gold standard for post-16 qualifications; they offer genuine academic rigour and challenge by allowing students to dig deeper into their chosen fields of study. The choice of three or four main subjects over a two-year course may seem odd to families used to the IB Diploma (IBDP), Gaokao or AP programmes, all of which encourage breadth of study rather than placing the emphasis on depth. In this way, the A Level, with its unashamed emphasis on academic subjects,
As a core subject of both the Junior and Senior school curriculum, Mandarin Chinese is taught to every pupil from pre-nursery to year 9 and is available as an optional subject in years 10-13 for IGCSE and A level.