From the Deputy Head (Academic), Dr Andrew Daniel
Wellington School’s curriculum is designed to fulfil three principal objectives:
- to stimulate pupils’ curiosity and inspire a life-long interest in independent learning
- to equip pupils with the essential skills in Mathematics, English and Science to tackle future learning and careers with confidence and success
- to give older students the chance to make their own choices through experiencing
many subjects, then specialising in their chosen field
Subject specialist teachers provide the full range of traditional subjects, using modern techniques and a balance of didactic, interactive and independent learning activities.
We place great emphasis on monitoring students’ performance and ensuring they continue to make progress – and we achieve excellent exam results.
Students have an entirely free choice of A level subjects and a free choice of GCSE options outside of a compulsory core of Mathematics, English, Science and Religious Education. House staff and the Deputy Head (Academic) are always available to advise and support students’ academic studies.
Years 7 and 8
The curriculum is notable for the range of subjects included. It builds on foundations previously laid in the core subjects, but adds new ones to stimulate and extend students’ thinking. There is setting in Mathematics and banding in French
Students are taught French in Year 7 and Year 8 and begin the study of either German or Spanish in Year 8.
Latin provides a matchless grounding in the structure of language, as well as opening students’ eyes to the ideas and culture of the ancient world that continue to exercise influence today.
The curriculum offers genuine breadth to allow students the maximum choice of GCSE subjects. Students with aptitude for or experience of Latin continue this subject, gaining a real appreciation of the language, ideas and culture of the ancient world. A course in Classical Civilisation gives a similar insight for those without experience of Latin.
Years 10 and 11
A wide range of GCSE options is available, complementing the core subjects of Mathematics and English. Students have a choice of Separate Sciences or Dual Award Science and must study at least one Modern Foreign Language. Courses in Religious Education and Physical Education are also compulsory.
Students take at least 10 subjects at GCSE. The most able Mathematicians take GCSE Mathematics at the end of Year 10, allowing them to take an Additional Mathematics qualification in Year 11. The full list of subjects available is:
The Mathematics and Science courses lead to International GCSE (IGCSE) qualifications. Universities and employers accept these as equivalent to GCSE qualifications, although they do not appear in government league tables, and the benefit is an excellent preparation for A level.
Students have a free choice of four, or occasionally five, AS courses. These are complemented in the Lower Sixth by courses in Information Technology, Careers, University Entrance, Critical Thinking, Philosophy and Cooking. Visiting speakers and academic societies also extend the curriculum.
In the Upper Sixth students continue with their A2 studies and have the option to take qualifications in Critical Thinking and the Extended Project. The full list of subjects available is:
Please visit our Pastoral section to find out what Sixth Form life is all about.