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Wellington College

Wellington College

Duke's Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7PU

+44 (0)1344 444000



Wellington College
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1853
Master Mr Julian Thomas
Date Appointed September 2015
Co-ed Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 1,040
Day fees per annum £27,930 - £32,085
Boarding fees per annum £38,220
Average Class Size Lower + Middle = 20 Upper School = 12
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Associations HMC, BSA, IB, Round Square
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Wellington College, founded in 1853, is arguably the UK's leading coeducational boarding and day school. Its pupils develop a unique identity inspired by intellectual curiosity, true independence, a generous and far-reaching inclusivity and the courage to be properly and unselfishly individual.

The College is celebrated for its achievements both in and out of the classroom and its sporting, artistic and dramatic provision are second to none. Stellar examination results, outstanding provision across all co-curricular areas, a raft of national accolades, and an exclusively 'excellent' 2014 ISI inspection report contribute to the College's national and international reputation.

Wellingtonians study GCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma or A-levels: whichever route they take, results are superb. In 2017 the average A-level outcome was AAA, and the College's IB average of 39 yet again made Wellington one of the UK's highest achieving boarding schools to offer the IB Diploma. Over the past four years, half of IB pupils have secured scores of above 40 and 15 have achieved a perfect 45, including four in 2017. 76 Wellingtonians have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge over the past three years and over 20 pupils move on to US universities each year, many to Ivy League institutions.

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 Hockey, Rugby/Rugby 7s, Golf, Triathlon, Equestrian, Fencing, Real Tennis, Skiing, Chess, Rackets, Lacrosse, Girls’ Football, Modern Pentathlon and Shooting: a staggering number of individuals gained International or National honours across 14 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 LSO St Luke’s, the Choir tour to Spain, an annual musical (this year was Anything Goes), 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 1,400-seater Performing Arts Centre will be completed later 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 Service Learning scheme, embedding academic study within community service projects. Wellington’s family of schools include its prep school, Eagle House, four schools in China, and sponsored Primary and Secondary Academies in Wiltshire; schools in Thailand and Abu Dhabi will soon follow. Wellington was the first HMC school to be accredited as a Teaching School and now partners 18 local state schools. All of this provides pupils and staff with meaningful opportunities for partnership and service within the 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.