Age Year Key Stage
2-3 Pre-Nursery Early Years Pre-Prep
3-4 Nursery
4-5 Reception
5-6 Year 1 Key Stage 1
6-7 Year 2
7-8 Year 3 Key Stage 2 Prep
8-9 Year 4
9-10 Year 5
10-11 Year 6

The Early Years


Children begin their education based on the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This curriculum advocates a play-based approach and the concept of ‘The Unique Child’. This means each child is different and learns in many ways. It also values how children learn through the Characteristics of Effective Learning. It is split into 7 areas:


– Communication and language

– Personal, social and emotional development

– Physical development

– Literacy

– Mathematics

– Understanding the world

– Expressive arts and design


Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)


The children progress to the English National Curriculum for literacy, mathematics and phonics. In all other subjects they follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).


Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)


The Prep School’s foundation is the English National Curriculum, which is enhanced to meet the needs of our international pupils. In addition to the English National Curriculum, the learning in Years 3 and 4 is supplemented by the International Primary Curriculum. This overlaps with Years 1 & 2 in the Pre-Prep, which enables us to give cohesion and continuity to the younger pupils before they commence Year 5 and more rigorous academic challenges.


Based on the Wellington values and identity, WCIB totally committed to nurturing and developing the whole child, and the curriculum reflects this. Right from the youngest age, pupils at WCIB will be encouraged to be Inclusive, Intellectual, Independent, Individual and Inspired, and to exemplify the 5 Values (Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility), whether inside or outside of class.


An extensive extra-curricular programme of sports and other after-school activities is be provided to enrich and broaden the education offered. Indeed, high quality pastoral provision is central to the Wellington philosophy, with a thriving House system and a purposeful Well Being programme features of all Wellington schools.