Though exams are enormously important – and we treat them as such – we strongly believe that delivering an outstanding education is not just about the end exam results; it also involves the fostering of a sense of intellectual curiosity and a lifelong passion for learning. We aim to send inspired adults out into the world, equipped with the skills and independence necessary to thrive at university and beyond.
It is very important to point out that, although we expect outstanding academic attainment, we are not what some people call an ‘exam factory’: the best education must be about a lot more than just exam scores and our unrelenting focus on the whole person, on fostering intellectual curiosity, on developing the five “I”s of the Wellington Identity, on enjoying and excelling in sport, music, performance, creative pursuits – these are fundamental components of what it is to be a Wellingtonian, and they cannot always be quantified as readily as academic performance.
As we move into our third year since opening, we presently have classes up to Year 8 meaning we do not have any of our own international examination results to share. We provide here, as an indication of the baseline level of achievement expected of an international branch of Wellington College, headline figures from Wellington College Shanghai, which opened in 2014. Our target, of course, is to equal or better these outstanding results!
Wellington College Shanghai 2019 IBDP: Their top score was 42 points, with an average score of 36.6 significantly higher than the global average of 29.9. Moreover, their core programme point score also increased to an average of 1.9, markedly higher than the global average of 1.22
Wellington College Shanghai 2019 IGCSEs: A* was the most common grade with 47% of all grades at A* level. Overall, 75% of all grades were A* or A, and 76% of pupils achieved 5 or more A* or A grades. 99% of all grades were at A* to C.