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: in 2018, 93% of grades at A Level were A*-B or the IB equivalent; the IB Diploma average was 39.3 with three students achieving a perfect score of 45. GCSE results were equally spectacular with over 60% achieving A* in unreformed subjects, while 20% secured 9s in the reformed subjects. 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 nurtures in each pupil the traits of the “Wellington Identity”, an identity built on inspiration, intellectual curiosity, true independence, the courage to be properly and unselfishly individual and a generous and far-reaching inclusivity. At all times we expect our students to embody the College values of Kindness, Courage, Respect, Integrity, and Responsibility, and in so doing follow the example of the great Duke, Arthur Wellesley, in whose memory the College was founded.
The College has an outstanding reputation in sport and 31 different activities are offered at Wellington. National team and individual success this year came in Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Kickboxing, Modern Pentathlon, Rackets, Real Tennis, Rugby, Shooting, Skiing, Swimming and Triathlon: a staggering number of individuals gained International or National honours across 16 different sports. A relay team swam the English Channel for the fifth year in a row.
Performing Arts are equally strong. Music and Drama are stunning, with nearly two-thirds of pupils taking lessons in musical instruments or LAMDA. Recent achievements include: the Orchestra playing at St John’s, Smith Square, the Choir tour to Spain, the singer-songwriter tour to Nashville, an annual musical (this year was Cats), 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. It was no surprise that Wellington was awarded Artsmark Gold by the Arts Council. 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, Cooking and Model United Nations. Wellington’s new 900-seater Performing Arts Centre opened this year.
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.
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Registration: 2 years prior to entry
Entry Pass Mark (%): 55-70
% to Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Science: 10-20
% who go on to Art, Music, Drama, Performance colleges: 5-10
Pupils sent to universities outside the UK: Several every year