Humanities

"The humanities, done right, are the crucible within which our evolving notions of what it means to be fully human are put to the test; they teach us, incrementally, endlessly, not what to do but how to be." Mark Slouka

Enabling our pupils to explore and understand who they are as human beings and how they fit into the world around them has always been central to a Wellington education.

This process starts in the Third Form when all new pupils take courses in the core humanities of Geography, History and Philosophy & Religion (P&R), and the vast majority will continue with at least one, if not more of these humanities through to GCSE.  Those wishing to continue with P&R sit Religious Studies GCSE at the end of Fifth Form.

The Sixth Form sees a number of exciting and inspiring option choices enter the curriculum.  For those opting for A Levels, Economics, Politics and Business become subject choices in addition to Geography, History and Religious Studies.  We offer IB candidates the following subjects as options under Group 3 Humanities: Art History, Business & Management, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Politics, and Psychology.

Whichever humanities pupils choose to study during their time at Wellington, they will be taught using contemporary methods of instruction and delivery.  Harkness tables are used widely in all departments to encourage collaboration, debate and pupil-driven learning, whilst also developing skills of critical thinking, independent learning, problem-solving and communication.  We want Wellingtonians not simply to attain mastery of facts and events, but to develop skills which enable them to deconstruct and analyse human behaviour, to order and understand the world around them, to construct reasoned responses to complex issues, and to challenge their own views and those of their peers.