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Wellington College

Wellington College

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

+44 (0)1344 444000



Wellington College
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1853
Master Mr James Dahl
Date Appointed September 2019
Co-ed Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 1,060
Number of boys 635
Number of girls 425
Number of boarders 850
Number of sixth formers 465
Day fees per annum £30,375 - £34,890
Boarding fees per annum £41,580
Average Class Size Lower + Middle = 20 Upper School = 12
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Associations HMC, BSA, IB

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, and a raft of national accolades contribute to the College's national and international reputation.

Wellingtonians study GCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma or A-levels and, whichever route they take, results are superb: in 2018, the average A-level outcome was AAA, and the College's IB average of 39.3 yet again made Wellington one of the UK’s highest achieving boarding schools to offer the IB Diploma. Over the past five years, half of IB pupils have secured scores of above 40 and 20 have achieved a perfect 45. Close to 100 Wellingtonians have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge over the past four 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. National team and individual success this year came in Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Kickboxing, Modern Pentathlon, Rackets, Real Tennis, Shooting, Rugby, Skiing, Swimming and Triathlon: a staggering number of individuals gained National or International honours across 16 different sports. A relay team swam the English Channel for the sixth 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 activities have included a trip to Geneva for the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, a Choir tour to Spain, 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. The G.W. Annenberg Performing Arts Centre, Wellington’s new 900-seater performing arts venue, opened in September. It was no surprise that Wellington was awarded Artsmark Gold by the Arts Council.

Leadership and service to others are central to the College's core values: co-curricular activities include CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, and its outward-facing Global Social Leaders programme, in which pupils learn to create and run innovative social action projects, tackling local and global issues. Over 70 clubs and societies provide some unique opportunities, from WTV (Wellington's own television company) to the pupil-run Radio Station, DukeBox, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, reaching listeners in 41 countries across the globe. Wellington's family of schools includes its prep school, Eagle House, six schools in China, one in Thailand and sponsored Primary and Secondary Academies in Wiltshire. 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.