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.
When the SQA results were released in August 2016, there was plenty to celebrate at Wellington! S5 pupils excelled at Higher and a very impressive 63% of awards were achieved at grade A, with a pass rate of 93%. In a year when S6 pupils sat more Advanced Higher examinations than in any year of the last decade, they also achieved the highest levels of success with a remarkable 66% of awards being at grade A. In S4, the pass rate at National 5 was 96% and 70% of awards were at grade A.
Mr Johnson, Headmaster, is delighted with these excellent results: “Schools are rightly proud to celebrate good overall exam statistics, but it is the achievements of individuals that really matter. Results of this quality are not obtained without a great deal of hard work and I congratulate the pupils on what they have achieved this year.”
The SQA examination results for 2016 were released just before the launch of this website so please bear with us while we update the figures in the sections here below.
“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.”
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.
|Wellington School, Higher||55%||29%||13%|
|National Results, Higher||30%||25%||22%|
|Wellington School, Higher||49%||27%||18%|
|National Results, Higher||28%||26%||24%|
|Wellington School, Adv. Higher||51%||25%||18%|
|National Results, Adv. Higher||32%||27%||23%|
|Wellington School, Adv. Higher||47%||35%||15%|
|National Results, Adv. Higher||31%||27%||24%|