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Wellington College

By Coby F

2 years ago

Address: Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU
Website: wellingtoncollege.org.uk
Founded: 1853
Number of Pupils: 585 Boys; 519 Girls
Fees: Boarding: £48,930; Day: £35,760
Ages: 13–18
Head Teacher: James Dahl, MA
Religious Affiliation: Church of England, although open to and respectful of all religious faiths.
Entrance Procedure: Main entry ages 13 and 16. ISEB Common Pre-test in October or November of Year 6; assessment day at Wellington Lent Term of Year 6 for interview, lessons and group activities. No specific Year 8 Entrance exam favoured or required.  Own scholarship exam offered. For sixth-form entry, registrations from June to September at end of Year 10. Competitive exam, interview, group activities and GCSE grade 8 in sixth-form subjects.
Contact: Admissions, 01344 444013
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Visitors Days, Master’s Receptions and College Tours may be booked via the College website.



The Curriculum

Wellingtonians study GCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma or A Levels and, whichever route they take, results are superb. In 2023, 37% of grades at GCSE were 9s (the most common grade for Wellingtonians) and 86% 9-7, with 10 students achieving a clean sweep of 9s. The combined total of IB and A Level grades was impressive: 31% of grades achieved were A*/7 and 74% A*A/76.

Games & The Arts

National reputation in rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, squash, rackets, polo, athletics, golf and shooting. Over 15 productions every year: musicals, dance shows and student-led plays. Vast number of musical ensembles and concerts. Awarded Artsmark Platinum Gold by Arts Council England.

Pastoral Care

Regularly described as outstanding in OFSTED and ISI reports. Pastoral care is overseen by Deputy Head (Pastoral and Wellbeing) and delivered through Houses, each with resident Housemaster/mistress and assistant, as well as Matrons. Every House year group looked after by a Tutor; ‘buddy’ system pairs new pupils with older years; all Houses have older pupils committed to looking after new pupils. Nationally acclaimed Wellbeing programme for all years.

University Places

100 Wellingtonians have been offered Oxbridge places over the past five years, while 25-30 move on each year to American universities, including several to Ivy League universities.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

At Wellington we are proud of our values, tradition and history, but uncompromising in our quest to seek out the best all-round education for both girls and boys. Our mission is to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and character to serve and help shape a better world.

All that we do is rooted in our five College values – kindness, courage, respect, integrity and responsibility – values which underpin every aspect of life at Wellington. We also passionately believe that the coeducation of boys and girls has never been more important, because when boys and girls are learning together, they are also learning the value of respecting new and diverse ways of thinking. We are uncompromising in our ambition to provide our pupils the opportunities to flourish and become their very best selves.

 Outstanding Characteristics

  • Set in 400 acres of beautiful parkland 40 minutes from Heathrow
  • Founded as the national memorial to the first Duke of Wellington, the school is imbued with the history of Waterloo
  • Renowned for innovation: many lessons follow the Harkness principle; pioneered the teaching of wellbeing and resilience
  • Service remains central with service activities from Year 9 onwards
  • Genuine commitment to an education that extends far beyond the classroom ensuring that every Wellingtonian leaves school equipped for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow’s world
  • Strong commitment to independent learning through scaffolded project qualifications