Examination results

Wellington's examination results are simply stellar and make us one of the highest achieving co-educational schools in the UK.

In 2016, Wellington College announced that pupils’ examination results would no longer be supplied for newspaper league tables. Although our academic results are superb, we believe strongly that an outstanding education is not just about the percentage of 7s or A* grades, important though results clearly are.

It is about fostering a sense of intellectual curiosity and passion for life-long learning in order to send inspired adults out into the world equipped with the skills and independence necessary to thrive at university and beyond. It is also about encouraging all children to engage with our phenomenal co-curriculum programme which caters for every child as an individual so they can develop fully in every aspect of themselves as a human being. None of this is, of course, measurable in examination league tables.

We do, however, have nothing to hide and will always be happy to publish our full examination results on this website once all remarks and outcomes have been finalised. Please explore the links below to read about our results in depth. We are incredibly proud of our academic record and will always celebrate the success of our departing students, just not in league tables!

IB Diploma

Our IB Diploma results are, quite simply, outstanding. For the past four years, our pupils have averaged over 39 points, with fifteen pupils securing the maximum 45 points and half of our candidates scoring 40+. To put this in context, the global average IB score in 2016 was just over 30. This makes Wellington College one of the strongest academic schools for IB not just in the UK, but in the world. Our IB cohort in 2017 was our largest ever (97 pupils) and the average points score was 39.2. To read more about our 2017 IB results please click here.

A Level

The average outcome for our A Level pupils since 2013 has been AAA and almost two-thirds of grades in 2017 were A* or A, despite the national dip in top grades around the country resulting from the move back to linear A Levels. To read more about our 2017 A Level results please click here.


2017 saw Wellington’s best ever exam results at the top end. A remarkable. 58.2% of grades awarded in unreformed subjects were A* and nearly 85% were either A* or A. Despite only 3% of children nationally being awarded the highest 9 grades in reformed subjects, 18% of English Literature, 19% of English Language and 20% of Maths grades at Wellington were awarded 9. To read more about our 2017 GCSE results please click here.