Curriculum

The curriculum at Wellington allows pupils not only to excel in their exams but also prepares them for a life-long love of learning.

From the moment pupils arrive at Wellington they experience a rich and stimulating education offering both breadth and depth where the aim is to inspire and embed a deep love of learning.

Third Form

The Third Form (Year 9) curriculum is deliberately broad and enriching, acting as a vital foundation stone for pupils’ future learning. It consists of:

  • A core of Maths, English and Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics)
  • A carousel of Humanities (Geography, History and Philosophy & Religion)
  • Two Modern Languages (chosen by the pupil from French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Russian)
  • A Classical subject (either Latin, Greek & Latin, or Ancient History depending on prior experience, ability and pupil choice)
  • Three practical/creative subjects (chosen by the pupil from from Art, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Design Engineering & Technology, Music and PE)
  • Wellbeing – an essential element of the College’s philosophy, encouraging them to reflect on their own personal, social, emotional and intellectual development
  • Lab Time – one hour per week promoting ICT competency, research and referencing skills and independent learning.

For a small number of pupils with specific academic support needs, it may be appropriate to have tailored support lessons in place of a second modern language. The Third Form culminates in matriculation in the Summer Term where pupils present their work for the Malim Prize, an extended cross-curricular research project.

Fourth & Fifth Forms

Pupils choose their GCSE subjects for the Middle School at the end of the Third Form. A wide range of subjects is on offer to ensure that the curriculum accentuates breadth, personal enquiry, independent study, internationalism and social responsibility. Pupils study:

  • Maths
  • English (Language and Literature)
  • Physics, Chemistry, Biology (either Dual or Triple Award)
  • At least one Language (ancient or modern, from French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Latin, or Greek & Latin)
  • At least one Humanities subject (from Geography, History, Ancient History, and Philosophy & Religion)
  • In addition pupils choose two or three further subjects depending on whether they opt for Dual or Triple Award Science. They can choose further languages or Humanities subjects, or from a range of options which includes Art, Art Textiles, Computer Science, Dance, Design Engineering, Drama, Music, Physical Education, and Photography.
  • Wellbeing
  • Lab Time – to allow pupils to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 2

For details of all GCSE subjects available at Wellington, please visit the Academic Faculties pages or read the Middle School Subject Choices Booklet.

Sixth Form

Pupils choose between A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). A great deal of guidance, advice and information is given to both pupils and parents to facilitate this decision but ultimately pupils are free to choose the appropriate programme of study for them. For details of all Sixth Form subjects available at Wellington, please read the Sixth Form Subject Choices Booklet or visit the Academic Faculties pages.

The IB Diploma provides a balanced, international and socially engaged education for the whole person, with depth and specialism provided by three Higher Level subject choices and breadth encouraged by three further Standard Level options. All IB pupils study Maths and English, as well as a language, a science, and a humanity as part of their IBDP.

A Levels provide an intensive and specialist education in a focused range of subjects. Most Wellingtonians start the Sixth Form studying four subjects of their choice although some will only take three through to full A Level. Currently just over half of the Sixth Form have opted for the A Level curriculum although the proportion of pupil choosing the IBDP has increased significantly in recent years and numbers are likely to settle around 50/50 in the years to come.

Wellington is whole-heartedly committed to this twin-track Sixth Form curriculum, and both pathways are academically rigorous, internationally recognised and valued by universities and employers. Neither is inherently more or less difficult nor more suited to strong or weak pupils. Both are fully linear and pupils should therefore choose the form of education to which they are best suited.

With outstanding results at both A Level and the IBDP, university outcomes are strong: 76 pupils have gained places at Oxford or Cambridge over the past three years with the vast majority of others going on to elite US and Russell Group universities.