Set within 400 acres of stunning parkland in Berkshire less than an hour’s drive south-west of London, Wellington College is one of the UK’s — and indeed the world’s — great coeducational boarding and day schools. It seeks to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and character to serve and help shape a better world. Its innovative and interesting use of technology in the classroom combined with its emphasis on pupil-centred learning ensures that Wellington is at the forefront of educational advance.
A wonderful fusion of heritage and modernity characterises our educational philosophy. Our curriculum, facilities, and teaching methods are constantly adapting to the challenges of preparing young people for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. Wellington College is a school which is dynamic in every sense of the word, and yet all that we do is rooted firmly in our five College values — Kindness, Respect, Courage, Integrity and Responsibility — values which underpin every aspect of life at Wellington.
Wellington prides itself on the outstanding levels of pastoral support we offer our pupils. Pupil and staff-led Mental Health initiatives, alongside our nationally recognised Wellbeing curriculum not only help our pupils successfully navigate their teenage years, but also prepare them for healthy, happy and successful lives after school.
The College is celebrated not only for its academic achievements but also for its sporting, artistic and dramatic provision which are second to none. Stellar examination results, outstanding provision across all co-curricular areas, and a raft of national accolades contribute to the College’s national and international reputation.
Wellingtonians study GCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma or A Levels and, whichever route they take, results are superb: in 2021, at A Level, 25 students achieved straight A*s; 45% of all grades awarded were A*, 80% were A*/A and 96% were A*-B. The IB cohort achieved an incredible 41.2 average, with thirteen students achieving the maximum 45 points; 73% scored more than 40 points and 87% secured 38+. At GCSE, 78% of all grades awarded were 9/8, 94% 9-7 and 99% 9-6. 100 Wellingtonians have been offered Oxbridge places over the past four years, while on average 25-30 move on each year to American universities, including several to Ivy League universities.
The College has an outstanding reputation for girls' and boys' sport with nearly 30 different activities offered with the emphasis equally placed on both performance and participation. Despite the inevitable difficulties caused by the pandemic, 2020/21 was a year which saw the College community come together with an imaginative mixture of online activities during lockdown periods, and a range of internal fixtures and competitions when physically back at school, including the launch of ‘The Wellington Premier League’, an inclusive multi-sport rugby, football and hockey league hotly contested by all age groups in the school.
The year still saw many individuals gain national or international honours across 14 different sports, with several going on to take up professional contracts, scholarships at US universities, and places on UK-based performance squads, particularly in target shooting, rugby and hockey. We now hope that 2021/22 will allow for a full return to both team and individual competitions and that Wellington will continue to add to its reputation as one of the UK’s strongest schools on the sporting front.
Performing Arts are equally strong. Music and drama are stunning, with nearly two-thirds of pupils taking lessons in musical instruments or LAMDA. During the recent pandemic, the Arts have been as active as ever releasing content on our YouTube channel and performing concerts and competitions to audiences via live stream. Prior to the pandemic our choir went on tour to Germany and other activities included the recording of carols by the Chapel Choir, an orchestral recording, the annual musical, 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. Wellington’s impressive 900-seat Performing Arts Centre opened in 2018. It is no surprise that Wellington has been awarded Artsmark Gold.
Clubs and societies range from Amnesty International 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, Creative Writing 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 Social Leaders scheme, in which pupils learn to create and run innovative social action projects, tackling local and global issues.
A significant feature of Wellington is its outward-looking, expansive approach to education. Wellington's family of schools includes its prep school Eagle House, five schools in China and one in Thailand. Wellington was the first HMC school to be accredited as a Teaching School and now partners a broad range of local state schools. All of this provides pupils and staff with meaningful opportunities for partnership and service within national and international communities.
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
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