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Wellington College

Wellington College

Address: Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7PU
Website: wellingtoncollege.org.uk
Founded: 1853
Number of Pupils: 640 Boys; 405 Girls
Fees: Boarding: £37,110; Day (in boarding house): £31,155; Day:£27,120
Ages: 13–18
Head Teacher:Julian Thomas BSc Hons, MBA, FRSA
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 and group activities. Common Entrance and own scholarship exam used. For Sixth Form entry, competitive exam, interview, group activities and GCSE grade A in sixth-form subjects.
Contact: Admissions, 01344 444013
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Seven visitors’ days and six master’s lodge receptions take place on Saturdays throughout the year.

The Curriculum

Broad, innovative and demanding. Both A-levels and IB Diploma offered. In 2016, 70 per cent of grades were A*/A, or the IB equivalent; over 85 per cent A*/A grades at GCSE.

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

28 Oxbridge places in 2016 and strong Russell Group and USA entry.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

We seek to provide an inspirational educational experience, and hope that our pupils will develop an identity built on intellectual curiosity, true independence, a generous and far-reaching inclusivity and the courage 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


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