As pupils move into the Prep School (from age 7 to 13), our emphasis is on high academic standards coupled with an extensive and varied programme of co-curricular activities. Curricular and co-curricular endeavours have balancing strengths, supporting each other in the encouragement of all Wellingtonians to fulfil their potential.One of the most important goals in the Prep School is to maintain and enhance our students’ simple desire to know more, find out more, do more, which underlies deep learning and will set them up for success at this stage and beyond.
Enter a Prep School classroom and you will see rigorous, imaginative, creative teaching, and focused, independent, dynamic learning. The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England, includes relevant focus on local culture and history, and includes exciting cross-curricular elements which enhance learning by tying at together in fascinating ways.
As they develop greater independence and responsibility, our Prep School students also experience more specialist teaching. This introduces the upper levels of subject expertise at an important early stage, encouraging genuine high quality of learning, and requires that students take greater initiative, moving around the School more and following more complex timetables.
At this level, we plan to allow opportunities for pupils to explore the possibilities of joining other Wellington College campuses around the world, whether through field trips, summer camps, or even term-long and year-long exchanges.
The Wellington curriculum is rigorous and stretching, designed to meet the needs of each individual and giving both breadth of educational experience and academic depth, preparing all our students for the next stage of their education and their lives.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)
The Prep School’s curricular foundation is the English National Curriculum, enhanced as necessary to match our context. We are committed to nurturing and developing the whole child, and the curriculum reflects this: right from the youngest age, pupils at Wellington are encouraged to be Inclusive, Intellectual, Independent, Individual and Inspired, and to exemplify the five College values (courage, integrity, kindness, respect, responsibility), whether inside or outside class.
An extensive co-curricular enrichment programme of sports and other activities is intertwined with classroom-based content to enrich and broaden the education we provide. On top of this, high-quality pastoral provision is central to the Wellington philosophy, with a thriving House system and a purposeful Wellbeing programme featuring strongly in the daily life of the School.
The transition from Prep School to Senior School comes at the most sensible pace. On one hand, our upper Prep School students, from Y6, are given some of the freedoms and responsibilities usually seen only much later in a school career – the large, open-plan co-working Learning Studios and our remarkable Prep School Harkness Rooms give clear signposts to all: students are here to learn and develop mature levels of independence and rigour now, rather than waiting until Year 9 (or later). On the other hand, age-appropriate personal and social development is fully taken into account: we do not expect our students suddenly to become adults before they are ready to do so.
The curriculum is still fundamentally the National Curriculam for England but with enhancements for cross-curricular and advanced work that allow a creative, strongly academic merging of what is best about Prep School with what is most exciting and forward-thinking about a great Senior School.