Selecting a school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you make as a family. Wellington College has gained a strong reputation around the world as an educational leader, providing a progressive and exciting academic programme that is supported by strong traditions developed throughout its 161-year history. This continues at Wellington College International Hangzhou, where pupils are supported by world-class teachers, state-of-the-art facilities and an environment that promotes a highly individual education, ensuring that all Wellingtonians fulfil their potential and are given every opportunity for success. Wellington believes in a holistic education that develops well-rounded children, and that means they provide a wide range of both academic and extracurricular activities.
In addition to this, Wellington College International Hangzhou offers a wide range of community activities throughout the year, where parents have an opportunity to engage with the school and help make the environment more inclusive and caring for the children.
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Wellington College International Hangzhou will be enrolling pupils from Year 1 to Year 10.
From Year 10 onwards, Wellington College International Hangzhou pupils will begin their IGCSE journey, culminating in IGCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. In Years 12 and 13, students will undertake A Levels.
The first step in joining the Wellington community is to submit an application through our online portal, OpenApply, by following this link: https://wcchi.openapply.cn/apply.
After submitting their applications, pupils of all year levels applying to Wellington College International Hangzhou will be invited along with their parents to attend a 30-minute interview with members of the Admissions Committee. This interview is a chance for the Admissions Committee to spend time getting to know the applicant's parents, their perspective on the Wellington values and their aspirations for the child's future. At Wellington College, we believe that the school and parents play a collaborative role in education. It is important to us to ensure that all parents who join the Wellington community will work together with the school to achieve positive outcomes for our pupils.
Applicants for Years 3 and above are required to undertake a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4). The test is completed online, under the supervision of a member of the Admissions Committee, and takes one to two hours to complete. This assessment provides comprehensive data on a pupil's verbal, non-verbal, spatial and quantitative abilities and informs the Admissions Committee as to whether your child is ready to access the Wellington College curriculum.
Applicants for Years 7 and above are required to complete a brief English assessment. This assessment provides applicants with a choice of three topics, and the applicant is required to handwrite an essay in response to the topic of their choice. This assessment can be completed in-person or online, under the supervision of a member of the Admissions Committee, and takes a half hour to complete. This assessment provides data on a pupil's ability to formulate a response to the kinds of questions they will be expected to answer in the Key Stage Three curriculum.
Yes. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Wellington offers 24 school bus routes with 79 pickup points across the majority of expatriate living areas in Hangzhou.
Wellington College International Hangzhou and Wellington College in England hold a uniquely close relationship at all levels from governance to pupil and faculty exchanges. This relationship allows for an exchange of ideas and professional learning, and ensures that we uphold our Values, Identity and the highest quality of education.
Like Wellington College International Shanghai, the curriculum at Wellington College International Hangzhou is based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, suitably enhanced to incorporate exciting elements from the International Primary Curriculum. We also recognise that the College is an international school with a multinational pupil body, and the needs and expectations of all pupils vary considerably. Our curriculum is suitably tailored to meet the background and individual needs of our pupils, giving them a wide breadth of educational experience and academic depth.
Class sizes do not exceed 24.
A strong sense of community forms the foundation for all that we do at Wellington. In addition to school events such as our annual winter performance, Wellington is proud to be an active member of the greater Hangzhou community. In November 2019, Wellington College International Hangzhou hosted its inaugural Wellington Mixer, following in the traditions of Wellington College in England by providing additional opportunities for members of the Wellington community to interact outside of formal school events.
Our future mixer events will be themed and provide a range of different social and formal outlets for the Wellington community. Examples of potential upcoming themes include career and university guidance and opportunities for Wellington pupils, international food and beverage tastings for parents, sporting mixers, or tourism and culture related trips within Hangzhou.
Wellington College Hangzhou is also a proud host of the Festival of Education, or EdFest, hosted annually at each of the Wellington College China campuses. EdFest provides an opportunity for debates about education and the place it has in a rapidly changing world. Education's disciplines and expectations can no longer be taken for granted and are being revisited, revised and renewed. The significance that Chinese culture places on learning means that the city is likely to become pivotal in the reshaping of world education in the 21st-century.