SQA Results


In the S3 and S4 years, Wellington School aims to provide flexibility in the academic curriculum to enable pupils to take a wide range of courses to meet their needs and match their interests.

S4 pupils normally sit 8 National 5 examinations having studied these 8 courses throughout S3 and S4. All pupils take English, Mathematics, a Science subject (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science), a Language (French, German, Spanish or Latin) and a Social Science subject (Geography, History, Modern Studies). In addition, pupils choose three other subjects (from Accounting, Business Management, Art, Music Performing, Music Technology, Computing Science, PE, together with the Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences already listed ) to provide them with a broad general education from which they can then go on to choose 5 Highers to study in S5.

In addition, S3 and S4 pupils have a Games lesson, PE and a Personal and Social Education class each week.

Throughout their time in school, all pupils in any year group can attend an extensive array of study support classes run by all departments at lunch times and after school. Pupils are also monitored closely and offered Support for Learning assistance if required. This support in departments, and through the Support for Learning Department, helps all pupils to consolidate their understanding and achieve the best possible grasp of their academic subjects.

Almost all S5 pupils study 5 Highers from a range of 20 subjects available at this stage. Some pupils study 4 Highers and an additional National 5 course.

Sixth Year pupils can choose from a wide range of courses provided at Advanced Higher, Higher and National 5 levels. The school offers 18 Advanced Higher courses and, in addition, there are 22 Higher courses and 20 National 5 subjects available. This allows the school to cater for the individual needs of our pupils.

In S6, usually pupils choose three or four subjects to study for entrance to a range of prestigious university courses. These include Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Engineering, Law, Teaching, Business and Accounting courses and other Science and Social Science degrees as well as places at Art School, Conservatoires and at a variety of post-school courses at college.

‘The success of all our students at all levels of attainment deserves praise.  Whilst examination results are important, we are equally committed to the all-round education, health and well-being of our students.’


Gail J Johnston

Assistant Head Teacher (Academic), Director of Studies.

The Results

At Wellington School, we were once again delighted with the academic attainment of our pupils. It is no secret that we pride ourselves on academic excellence and the results published in August 2017 did not disappoint us.  As a small school, we realise the importance of celebrating individual success as well as looking at the school’s overall success.

SQA results at Wellington School compare very favourably to National Standards and to standards reported for the Independent Sector. Looking more closely at National Standards, Wellington pupils consistently attain top passes at Higher and Advanced Higher level with the gap widening between the School and the national average. We are delighted to report that the school outperforms national averages year on year, but we are also seeing improvements to our own achievement levels.

At Higher, the pass rate was 97% and over half of the awards were at grade ’A’. Similar levels of success were achieved at National 5 (with 69% of awards at grade ‘A’) and Advanced Higher (with 57% of awards at grade ‘A’). Congratulations go to all of our students for their well-earned results.

Headmaster, Simon Johnson, commented: “Pupils at Wellington set themselves very high standards and, with the support of their teachers, work hard to achieve them. I am delighted that their efforts have been well rewarded.”

‘Pupils at Wellington set themselves very high standards and, with the support of their teachers, work hard to achieve them.’

Simon Johnson, Headmaster
August, 2017

Wellington School’s Performance

Advanced Higher Results, 2017

  • Our Sixth Year pupils all secured offers for their chosen University course.
  • 28% of our S6 pupils commenced courses in Humanities, Languages and Law, 22% in Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry, 19% in Music, Theatre and Art, 14% in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, 14% in Business and 3% in Teaching.
  • 31% secured places at Russel Group Universities, 25% of students secured places at Strathclyde, 8% at Glasgow Caledonian and Stirling, 6% at Napier and 3% at St Andrews.
  • One S6 applicant secured a place for Exeter College, Oxford.

Higher Results, 2017

  • The 2017 results were equally impressive and from a cohort of fifty five, eleven students achieved five grade A passes which included three students who achieved six grade A passes.
  • The % A-C pass rate at Wellington School was 97%, nationally this was 81.7%.

National 5 Results, 2017

  • The National 5 examinations produced a 96% pass rate at grades A-C.
  • Twelve pupils from a cohort of forty one achieved a clean sweep of eight A grade passes in their National 5 examinations.  Together with the seven of forty one who achieved seven A grade passes, this amounts to 46% of the year group.
  • 69% of Wellington pupils achieved a grade A at National, well above the national average of 31%.
  • Our % A-C pass rate of 96% was once again well above the national average of 79.5%.

Wellington School & National Results

Advanced Higher

2017 A B C
Wellington School 57% 32% 3%
National Results 32% 25% 23%
2016 A B C
Wellington School 69% 20% 6%
National Results 34% 26% 22%

Higher Results

2017 A B C
Wellington School 54% 27% 15%
National Results 29% 26% 23%
2016 A B C
Wellington School 63% 20% 12%
National Results 29% 25% 23%

National 5

2017 A B C
Wellington School 69% 21% 6%
National Results 31% 24% 19%
2016 A B C
Wellington School 72% 18% 6%
National Results 36% 24% 19%

HMIe Reporting

The most recent HMIe report states:

“In the secondary department, performance in national assessments and classwork at S1/S2 is very good. Thereafter, attainment in national examinations has been consistently very strong. The performance of young people is consistently well above national averages in relation to the proportion attaining five or more Credit passes at Standard Grade in S4 and the proportions gaining awards at 2 Higher and Advanced Higher in S5/S6. The overall performance of young people at S5/S6 has improved notably over the last three years. The progress of those with additional support needs is a significant strength of the school. Almost all young people go on to university from the school.”

Particular strengths identified by HMIe:

  • The very high quality of provision within the nursery.
  • High levels of attainment and impressive breadth of achievement on the part of children and young people.
  • The quality of support for learners with additional needs and the very good progress made by them.
  • Committed staff and highly motivated children and young people.
  • The embedding of international education across all sectors and stages.

Wellington in comparison to national / independent schools statistics

SQA results at Wellington School compare very favourably to National Standards and to standards reported in the Independent Sector.

In August 2015 Wellington School was ranked in the top 10 Independent Schools in Scotland both for Higher and Advanced Higher Grade A-C percentage pass rates. In August 2015, the pass rate at Advanced Higher was 94.5%, which placed Wellington School as the top performing Independent School in the West of Scotland. In the Higher grade examinations, 96% of entries resulted in an A-C grade pass, placing the school in 7th position in the Independent Schools league table.

Compared with National Standards – see tables 1 and 2 – the results of Wellington School show high levels of success in national examinations with pupils attaining top passes consistently at Higher and Advanced Higher.

Table 1 and Table 2 allow comparison of Wellington School results with National figures published for Highers and Advanced Highers in 2015 and 2014.