Committed in presenting an outstanding learning experience, be it in the classroom or beyond, top school Wycherley International continues to stand strong, having completed its third decade in the education sphere.
Established in 1985 to meet the dire need for education in English, providing its students with the well-acclaimed Cambridge system of education, Wycherley International School (WIS) Principal Kingsley Jayasinghe expressed confidence in maintaining and continuing the quality education offered, as the school strives to implement innovative methods and best practices in terms of delivery.
DELIVERY OF A QUALITY EDUCATION
Pointing out that the school stands out in terms of delivering quality education having been in the field for 30 years, Jayasinghe said: “Cambridge Education is recognised the world over and is backed by one of the Number 1 Universities in the World which is the University of Cambridge. Our teachers are well trained and most of them have been in the school from inception.”
WIS has successfully implemented the Cambridge Curriculum since 2009.
Wycherley offers classes from Playgroup up to ‘A’ Levels and is the first and only school in Sri Lanka that offers the Cambridge Curriculum from UKG to A/Levels.
Students not only sit for their Cambridge O/Levels, Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level and Advanced Level (AL) but also for Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations at Grade 5 and 8.
“The checkpoint gives our students an exposure to International Examinations at an early stage. Not only does this help the student but also the Parents, allowing them to asses their children’s strengths and weaknesses before it’s too late,” expressed Jayasinghe.
CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM: A TICKET TO TOP UNIVERSITIES
The Cambridge International Education programme is an outstanding preparation for University and Employment and is valued by institutions and employers around the world. Cambridge Schools and Teachers prepare their learners to be confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. While the curriculum is designed to be flexible for better integration, schools can choose all or part of it to suit their learners’ needs, as it offers a wide range of subjects available in any combination. The system also provides immense support for Teachers as well, through Publications, Online Resources and Training and invests constantly in Research and Development to improve its programmes.
Cambridge offers a clear structure to guide learners’ progression from the start of Primary to the end of Secondary Education, and owing to this unique guidance, Wycherley is distinguished as one of the top International Schools in Sri Lanka, that produces remarkable achievements at Examinations.
Past pupils of Wycherley, having gained excellence in their primary and secondary education have been accepted to prestigious universities in the UK, Australia, USA, Malaysia and Singapore with a large number of them studying medicine, engineering and law amongst other world class degrees.
WIS STUDENTS STAND OUT FROM THE REST
When students leave Wycherley, they walk out into the outside world with confidence as independent and unique individuals.
Along with much emphasis on discipline, students are taught their own religion. To inculcate and embrace diversity, all religious celebrations are given equal prominence. WIS also goes an extra mile in teaching Sinhala and Tamil as link language to ensure that students are not left out when they pass out from School.
“We mould students not only with proper education but also prepare them to become well rounded Students with not only education but extracurricular activities which will give them an added advantage when they move on to higher education.
“ With the education Wycherley has provided our students have accessed world recognised Universities around the World like Cambridge, Stanford, Yale, Queen Mary University, University of Sheffield, Universities of Manchester, Monash, Nottingham, National University of Singapore etc.” said Jayasinghe confidently.
THE THREE PILLARS OF SUCCESS
For the past 30 years, Wycherley has held on to its motto: Tradition – Education – Excellence; which has proven to be one of the driving factors behind its success. While placing due emphasis on Excellence in Education, the school also focuses on Culture, Tradition and character building. It caters to both local as well as foreign students, providing a harmonious environment for children of various background nationalities to blend in with ease, learning to respect one another and work together in unity.
Though an international school, it firmly holds on to traditional roots and nurtures the children to understand and appreciate their culture and traditions. This was evident in their presentation of ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’ which was a vibrant event held in March where the talented children performed in colourful costumes representing various cultures, showing their appreciation of tradition and diversity blending beautifully together – a practice which is eminent in Wycherley.
GETTING THE STUDY-PLAY BALANCE RIGHT
Wycherley also believes in developing ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ and therefore encourages its students to utilise the wide range of extracurricular activities available and participate actively. They can choose from Basketball, Swimming, Athletics, Netball, Cricket, Badminton Tennis, Chess and ‘Little friends’. Regular practices are held under the direction of coaches and the Master-in Charge of Sport.
Clubs and societies include the Interact Club, Chess Club, Religious Societies, Arts Society, Maths Society and Science Society.
Wycherley organises frequent events and competitions to keep the students actively engaged.
The Annual Inter-House Swimming Meet was held in February and the first Inter International Primary Schools’ Spelling Bee Contest which was the brainchild of Wycherley was held last year, with the participation of International schools in and around Colombo.
A PROMISING FUTURE
With world class education and preparation for entrance to top Universities, commencing right from the start of their Primary to the end of their Secondary Education, combined with a healthy mix of extracurricular activities, events and competitions, Parents can look forward to a bright and prosperous future for their children and can rest assured that they are in good hands at Wycherley International School.