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Wellington College

Address: Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU
Website: wellingtoncollege.org.uk
Founded: 1853
Number of Pupils: 635 Boys; 425 Girls
Fees: Boarding: £41,580; Day (in boarding house): £34,890; Day:£30,375
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: Seven visitors days and six master’s receptions take place on Saturdays throughout the year.

The Curriculum

Broad, innovative and demanding. GCSE, IGCSE, A-levels and IB Diploma offered. 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. Nine students achieved the maximum 45 points at IB. At A-level, ten 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.

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 Gold by The Arts Council.

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 Oxbridge places offered in the last four years, and strong Russell Group and USA entry.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

We seek to provide a transformative experience by focusing on the College’s key values of kindness, courage, respect, integrity and responsibility. There are 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. We want all our pupils to understand that serving and caring for others brings the greatest likelihood of long-term happiness and fulfilment.

 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


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