Founded in 1853, Wellington College is arguably the UK’s leading co-educational boarding and day school. Situated between the M4 and M3, one hour south-west of London, the school is set in 400 acres of beautiful parkland. Wellington offers an outstanding all-round education to girls and boys aged 13-18. Pupils follow national and international curricula with GCSEs, A Levels, and the IB Diploma on offer, and academic results are stellar. 2019 was another record-breaking year for our Upper Sixth leavers, with nearly 20% of the year group achieving either A*A*A* at A Level or 777 at Higher Level IB. The IB cohort achieved an incredible 40.2 average, more than 11 points above the global average. 9 students achieved the maximum 45 points at IB. At A Level, 10 students achieved straight A*s; across the cohort 23.6% of grades awarded were A*.
At GCSE, nearly a third (32%) of all grades awarded were Grade 9 (equivalent to a high A* in the old letter grading system); 61% were 9/8; 83% 9-7 and 95% 9-6. Overall, 9 was the most common pupil grade.
The College is currently celebrating record Oxbridge success with 100 Wellingtonians being offered places over the past four years, while, on average, 25 move on each year to American universities, including several to Ivy League universities.
Wellington College is an inspirational and exciting school that seeks to harness each child’s individuality allowing them to become interested and interesting life-long learners. Its international reputation in sports, arts, service, wellbeing and leadership, and its genuine commitment to learning that extends far beyond the classroom ensures every Wellingtonian leaves school equipped for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow’s world. The College seeks to provide a transformative experience by focusing on the College’s key vales of Kindness, Courage, Respect, Integrity and Responsibility, values which allow the pupils to develop a unique identity inspired by intellectual curiosity, true independence, a generous and far-reaching inclusivity and a determination to be properly and unselfishly individual.
The College has an outstanding reputation in sport for both girls and boys across 31 different activities in terms of both participation and performance levels. National team success this year came in Cross Country, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Rackets, Real Tennis, Rugby, Shooting, Skiing and Swimming. In addition to this team success, a staggering number of individuals gained national or international honours across 18 different sports and even included a World Champion in Real Tennis. 2019 also saw the opening of a new sports centre housing two indoor tennis and netball courts and four cricket lanes.
Performing Arts are equally strong. Music and Drama are stunning, with nearly two-thirds of pupils taking lessons in musical instruments or LAMDA. Recent activities have included: a trip to Geneva for the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition, the choir tour to Spain, the annual musical (this year was West Side Story), contemporary Shakespeare productions and imaginative and inclusive junior plays. Dance enjoys a purpose-designed studio and two spectacular shows each year play to packed houses. The G.W. Annenberg Performing Arts Centre, Wellington’s new 900-seater performing arts venue, opened in 2018. It was no surprise that Wellington was awarded Artsmark Gold by the Arts Council.
Clubs and societies range from Tae Kwon Do to the fully co-ed Field Gun team, from WTV (Wellington’s own television company) and its pupil-run radio station, DukeBox to a full range of more traditional pastimes such as Photography, Chess and Model United Nations.
Leadership and service to others are also central to the College’s core values: co-curricular activities include CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, and a pioneering Global Citizenship scheme, embedding academic study within community service projects.
A significant feature of Wellington is its outward-looking, expansive approach to education. Wellington Colleges Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Bangkok, the Wellington Academies in Wiltshire and Eagle House prep school all provide pupils with meaningful opportunities for partnership and service within the national and international communities. This combined with its Teaching School initiative, Leadership Institute, ISSP programme and extensive lectures and conference programme, which culminates in the annual Festival of Education, reflects its commitment to lifelong learning and to leading educational debate in the country.
Further information including details about Visitors Days can be found on the website, and the Admissions Office can be contacted on +44 (0)1344 444013.
- Senior School, Sixth Form