Senior School Overview

Senior School Overview - Wellington College International Tianjin

The Senior School can be divided into the following stages:

• Key Stage 3 (based on the English National Curriculum), comprising Years 7, 8 and 9 (ages 11 to 14)
• Key Stage 4 (IGCSE), comprising Year 10 and 11 (ages 14 to 16)
• Sixth Form - IB Diploma (from 2013), Years 12 & 13 (ages 16-18)
                      A Level (to 2015 only for the original Chinese Sixth Form intake)

Academic life in the Wellington College Senior School will be vibrant, demanding and progressive, based on the central belief that acquiring a love of learning is crucial for our students to lead professionally and socially rewarding lives. We aim to inspire intellectual curiosity and creativity, and our Effort grading system explicitly rewards students who help to lead and drive learning in the classroom.

Passivity has no place in the Wellington classroom, or beyond it, and inspired by our excellent, highly qualified and exciting teachers, all Senior School students can strive to meet or exceed their highest expectations.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) the Wellington curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum, and all pupils will study the full range of subjects. Every opportunity is taken to teach in a cross-curricular fashion, as well as developing skills-based learning through topic and inquiry work. This will enable the students to become familiar with new subjects, while preparing them to make their IGCSE choices during Year 9.

Having made these choices, Years 10 and 11, or Key Stage 4, see the students studying IGCSE/GCSE in a wide variety of subjects, some compulsory, such as English, Mathematics and a Science, and others are optional. Depending on their needs and ability, students typically study a total of eight to ten IGCSEs.

In the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) all students will study the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), the world’s premier university entrance qualification. The IBDP entails all sixth formers studying six subjects, with a mixture of compulsion and choice.

However, the IBDP is much more than a series of academic subjects. The unique features of the IBDP ‘Core’ - CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), the Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge - ensure that students are fully aware of their community responsibilities, and are encouraged to develop their research skills and become independent thinkers.

The underlying philosophy of the IBDP, and indeed the whole Senior School, is that students should share an all-embracing experience, in the classroom and beyond, which equips them to cope with the rapidly changing 21st century world into which they will graduate. Having high expectations, and working both hard and intelligently are the foundations for success. We also know from our experiences at Wellington College in the UK that learning is most rewarding in a community that is lively, co-operative, curious and tolerant. To be such a community is the ultimate and perpetual challenge for the Senior School.