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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
Number of boys 635
Number of girls 405
Number of boarders 845
Number of sixth formers 455
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. Wellington's commitment to a properly holistic education ensures the College is celebrated for its achievements both in and out of the classroom: in particular its sporting, artistic and dramatic provision are second to none. Most importantly of all we want all our pupils to understand that serving and caring for others brings the highest rewards in life and the greatest likelihood of long term happiness and fulfilment.

Stellar examination results, outstanding provision across all co-curricular areas, a raft of national accolades, and an exclusively 'excellent' 2014 ISI inspection report, place the College firmly among the Premier League of independent schools.

Wellingtonians study GCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma or A-levels and, whichever route they take, results are superb: in 2015, the average points score for IB Diploma candidates was 39.2, with four pupils gaining the maximum 45 points, once again making us the UK's highest achieving boarding school to offer the IB Diploma. A-level scores are equally impressive: over 93% of grades were A*-B and the average pupil result was AAA. 31 pupils were offered places at Oxford and Cambridge for 2016 entry, with an increasing number also entering Ivy League institutions in the US.

The College has an outstanding reputation in sport: our ethos is to enjoy, learn, and perform in both team and individual sports, 30 of which are offered at Wellington. National team success this year came in the form of Hockey, Rugby/Rugby7s, Golf, Triathlon, Equestrian, Fencing and Shooting with a staggering 80 individuals gaining International or National honours across 20 different sports. A relay team swam the English Channel for the fourth year in a row and our junior cricketers are county champions.

The 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 Cadogan Hall, the singer-songwriters touring Nashville, Sixth Form drama students performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, and the annual musical, Grease involving over 200 pupils, as well as more traditional productions of Hamlet and To Kill a Mockingbird. Dance enjoys a purpose-designed studio and two spectacular shows each year. It was no surprise that Wellington was awarded Artsmark Gold by the Arts Council. Clubs and societies range from Amnesty International to its fully co-ed Field Gun team, from WTV (Wellington's own television company), the pupil-run Radio Station, Dukebox to a full range of more traditional pastimes such as the Tea Society, Croquet and Model United Nations. Wellington is about to build a new 1,400 seater Performing Arts Centre, to be completed by 2017.

Leadership, service to others and developing an international outlook are also central to the College's core values which is why co-curricular activities include CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, and a pioneering Service Learning scheme, embedding academic study within community service projects. Wellington has established sister schools in China, sponsored Primary and Secondary Academies in Wiltshire, and was the first HMC school to be accredited as a Teaching School, all of which provide pupils with meaningful opportunities for partnership and service within the national and international community.

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.