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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 Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1853
Master Mr James Dahl
Date Appointed September 2019
Co-ed Age Range 13-18 years
Number of pupils 1,140
Day fees per annum £38,100 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £52,110 per annum
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 successes. 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 2023, 37% of grades at GCSE were 9s (the most common grade for Wellingtonians) and 86% 9-7. The combined total of IB and A Level grades in 2023 were impressive: 31% achieved A*/7; 74% A* A/7 6. Remarkably of the 234 pupils in the Upper Sixth, 50% secured either Higher Level 7s and 6s at IB or A* and A at A Level, with 19 students achieving straight HL 7s or A*s. On average 20 of the cohort gain Oxbridge places every year while entry to Russell Group universities is almost a given. In 2023, 24 students went to US universities, many to Ivy League institutions.

In 2022/23 there were over 20 different sports on offer at Wellington, involving 200 teams in around 1,500 fixtures, and it was yet another bumper year with over 30 Wellingtonians involved in National level sport, and 12 teams or individuals taking part in National Finals. Wellington remains committed to adding to its reputation as one of the UK's strongest and most diverse schools on the sporting front, offering both challenge and support at all sporting levels and to all pupils.

Performing Arts are equally strong. Music, Dance and Drama are stunning, with 60% of pupils taking instrumental or LAMDA lessons with some 1,000 lessons taking place each week and over 50 visiting teachers. 2022/23 was an outstanding year for the Arts at Wellington. Not only have we continued to provide a whole range of activities for our students but have been externally recognised by the award of Artsmark Platinum and been nominated for a TES Excellence in Creative Arts Award for our Festival of Musical Theatre, the finale of our wonderful Arts Festival. The Speech Day show, in a 4,000-seater Big Top, provides a fitting finale, with musicians, singers, actors and dancers able to reprise many of the highlights of the year.

Leadership, service to others and developing an international outlook are central to the College's core values: co-curricular activities include CCF, DofE, and a pioneering Global Social Leaders scheme, in which pupils create and run innovative social action projects, tackling local and global issues.

Clubs and societies range from Green Power Racing to the 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, Creative Writing, Debating and MUN.

Wellington builds strong external partnerships to broaden impact in education and continues to have mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide variety of schools, including Special Schools, Secondary and Primary schools. The Wellington family of schools includes Wellington College Prep and eight schools in China, India and Thailand, with new schools in development. This network supports opportunities for cultural dialogue and understanding and broadens access to world-class education through bursaries and regional education initiatives.

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.