Top Scottish Independent School for Advanced Highers in 2017
Ask someone what they might expect from an independent school and it is almost certain that they will say ‘academic excellence’. They would be justified: independent schools pride themselves on the quality of their education, their exam results and subsequently, their position in league tables. Like any other school, Wellington is proud of pupils’ results. Not only are they testament to the dedication and educational innovation of our inspirational staff, but most crucially, they play a key part in shaping futures – as the passport to further or higher education.
Wellington nurtures pupils to achieve their very best. While healthy competition is an important motivator, it is important to recognise that every person learns, works and performs to their own rhythm. Sadly, many children gauge their success against that of their peers, siblings or, in many cases, their parents. Often, they compare themselves to the (almost always) unachievable ideals portrayed on social media. This sort of thinking can be destructive. Instead, Wellington celebrates the achievements of individuals and our solid ethos encourages every child to realise their full potential. Gratifyingly, our system works: every pupil currently in the sixth year has gained entry to a university of their choice and three pupils from a year group of 47, have accepted offers to the University of Oxford.
The eminent academic and international advisor on education to government, Professor Sir Ken Robinson, highlights the problem of pack mentality and achievement: “education doesn’t need to be reformed – it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
Given our progressive attitude towards education, Wellington was honoured to receive an award for our ranking in Education Advisers’ 2017 Independent School League Tables: Top Scottish Independent School for Advanced Highers in 2017. Surprisingly, none of the Glasgow city schools even made the top ten – see, healthy competition in action! Wellington was also placed in the top 15 for Highers with over 80% of pupils receiving A and B passes. These statistics are impressive and we hope that every pupil will meet, if not exceed, their own expectations in the upcoming diet of examinations.
While League Tables are an indication of a school’s academic standing, they do not tell the whole story. The opportunities available to Wellington children of all ages are unsurpassed in South Ayrshire: the Junior Duke, John Muir and Duke of Edinburgh Awards are offered to children throughout the school; we boast a thriving Support for Learning department; our International Education Programme involves every single child in school; our sector-leading Outdoor Nursery provides an innovative learning environment for children throughout the Junior School; and an untold number of extracurricular clubs sow the seed of new passions. In addition to all of this, we are continuing to improve our facilities with an ambitious programme of significant investment over the next decade.