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.
Gail J Johnston
Assistant Head Teacher (Academic), Director of Studies.
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.”
Simon Johnson, Headmaster
“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.