Year 7 - Year 11

Welcome to Secondary School

GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis is a place in which individuals can develop fully, contributing as happy and compassionate members of society. Our students’ unique talents are valued, and they learn to live as courteous, disciplined and self-assured individuals.

We seek to challenge, motivate and encourage students to perform in accordance with their diverse abilities. Our highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers adapt and augment their programmes of study to support all children in achieving their potential.

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Andy Kai Fong
Secondary Principal

In the Secondary Phase, we follow the National Curriculum for England in Key Stage 3, providing engaging learning from a variety of subjects for students in Years 7 and 8, and then into our GCSE Options programme, which spans Years 9 to 11...Read More


Explore the Secondary Curriculum

  • Key Stages

    We believe that students should be given a broad and balanced curriculum which equips them for life beyond the school gates in the 21st Century. This sees the aims of education as being firstly to enlarge children's knowledge, skills, experience and imaginative understanding and thus their awareness of moral values and capacity for enjoyment. Secondly, it enables them to enter the world after formal education as active participants in society and responsible contributors to it, capable of achieving as much independence as possible. We also ensure that the education we offer ensures progression to Post 16 Education and into Higher Education or employment.  

    At WSO, our core beliefs about learning are:  

    • Learning is about relationships  
    • Learning is collaborative  
    • Learning is personal  
    • Learning is transformational  
    • Assessment for learning  
    • Be well, learn well  

    Our main aim is to engage and inspire all students to excel in their learning, to encourage and develop independent, inquisitive, resilient young minds, and to prepare our students to become eloquent, knowledgeable and responsible global citizens, who are capable of flourishing in the 21st Century. Our curriculum is not about ‘delivering’ knowledge, but encouraging our students to develop learning competences to resolve problems for themselves. 

    For details about the curriculum your child is studying in each of their subjects, please follow THIS LINK

    KEY STAGE 3 (Years 7 & 8) 

    C = Core Subjects 

    English (C)

    Mathematics (C)

    Science (C)

    Arabic A/B (C)

    Islamic Studies A/B (C) – Muslim students only

    Modern Foreign Languages (C)

    Computer Science


    Design Technology




    UAE Social Studies (C)

    Moral Education (C)

    KEY STAGE 4 (Years 9-11) 

    Students beginning Year 9 are embarking on the next phase of their educational journey. This is an extremely important part of your child’s education. These years will culminate in terminal exams which will help shape the further education choices your child will make. Here at WSO the Key Stage 4 curriculum is made up of compulsory and optional subjects.  

    The Compulsory Core Subjects are: 

    GCSE English Language and English Literature

    GCSE Mathematics

    GCSE Science

    Physical Education

    Social Studies

    Moral Education

    Islamic Studies (Muslim Students)

    Arabic (compulsory in Year 9 for all students and compulsory for Arabic A students through to the end of Year 11) 

    Students will have the opportunity to select four optional subjects for study through Years 9 to 11. They select four from:


    Computer Science



    Business Studies








    Further Maths (students are selected by the Head of Mathematics)

    Media Studies

    BTEC Travel and Tourism

    BTEC Music Technology

    Arabic/MFL: All Arabic A students will study Arabic A GCSE; all other students pick from French, German, Spanish


    Secondary Timings

    Year 7 - Year 13: Registration 07:45am - End of day 3:20pm

  • Extra-Curricular & Guidance 

    Throughout secondary school, students also undertake a range of other activities which encourage them to think and work independently. They develop skills which aim to equip them for Post-16 study, university and the world of work. Careers Guidance, entrepreneurship, and Personal, Social and Health Education ensure students are encouraged to participate in wider learning opportunities. As a Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts and Theatre Technology, students at WSO are incredibly fortunate to be given opportunities to develop their performance skills and experience industry recognised performance and theatre tech courses, including student internships. Furthermore, as a lead school for Sports Leaders UK in the Middle East, students are able to gain a Sports Leaders qualification alongside their academic studies.  

    Innovation is a huge part of WSO and we are pleased to see that so many of our students invest time and energy in this area. Success in the Global Innovation Challenge is an additional activity where participating teams use technologies to address the world’s most pressing problems throughout a range of topics which includes healthcare, education, disaster resilience and prosperity. Students go on to exhibit at events, which are part of the annual Global Innovation Challenge. Over the past few years, WSO students have achieved great success at this event.  



Explore All Our Curricula

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    Foundation Stage

    Our Foundation Stage provides an engaging, supportive...

  • primary


    Our learning provision is a combination of the National Curriculum of England...

  • secondary


    Our Secondary curriculum covers Key Stages 3 and 4.

  • post-16


    Our Academy offers an enriched selection of personalised pathways at Post 16, all leading to University entrance.


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