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Wellington College

Wellington College

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

+44 (0)1344 444000



Wellington College
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1853
Master Mr James Dahl
Date Appointed September 2019
Co-ed Age Range 13-18 years
Number of pupils 1,090
Number of boys 610
Number of girls 480
Number of boarders 860
Number of sixth formers 475
Day fees per annum £31,140 - £35,760
Boarding fees per annum £42,630
Average Class Size Lower + Middle = 20 Upper School = 12
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Associations HMC, BSA, IB, ISC

Wellington College is a vibrant and inspiring coeducational boarding and day school set in 400 acres of parkland, 40 minutes from Heathrow. The College, whose educational philosophy is based on values of kindness, courage, respect, integrity, and responsibility, is celebrated not only for its academic achievements but also for its sporting, artistic and dramatic provision which 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 2021, 96% of students achieved grades A*- B with a 45% A* average, while the College's incredible IB average of 41.2 yet again made Wellington one of the UK's highest achieving boarding schools offering the IB Diploma. 73% achieved 40 points or above and 13 students achieved the maximum 45 points. On average 17 of the cohort gain places at Oxford or Cambridge every year and, in 2021, 26 students went on to US universities, many to Ivy League institutions.

The College has an outstanding reputation for boys' and girls' sport, with over 30 different activities offered with emphasis placed on both excellence and general participation (every year sees over 2,000 fixtures). There were no national team competitions in 2020/21 but in 2019/20 national team success came in Cross Country, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Polo, Rackets, Real Tennis, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing, and Shooting. Despite the restrictions this year, in 2020/21 many individuals gained national or international honours across 11 different sports, with several going on to take up professional contracts, scholarships at US universities and places on UK based performance squads in Rugby and Hockey.

Performing Arts are equally strong. Music and Drama are stunning, with nearly two-thirds of pupils taking music or LAMDA lessons. Recent activities have included a variety of live streamed concerts, masterclasses from leading industry professionals, recording of carols, an orchestral recording, an annual musical (this year Company), 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 900-seat performing arts venue, opened in September 2018. It was no surprise that Wellington was awarded Artsmark Gold by the Arts Council.

Leadership and service to others are central: co-curricular activities include its outward-facing Global Citizenship programme in which pupils create and run innovative social action projects, as well as the CCF and Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Over 70 clubs and societies provide unique opportunities, from WTV (Wellington's own television company) to the pupil-run radio station, DukeBox, which broadcasts 24/7, reaching listeners in 41 countries across the globe.

Wellington's family of schools includes its prep school Eagle House, five schools in China and one in Thailand. Wellington was the first HMC school to be accredited as a Teaching School and now partners with a broad range of local state schools. All of this provides pupils and staff with meaningful opportunities for partnership and service within 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.