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Wellington College, Berkshire

School Details
School Crest
Duke's Ride,
United Kingdom,
RG45 7PU

Tel: +44 1344 444000
Fax: +44 1344 444002

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Mr Julian Thomas BSc Hons, MBA, FRSA

Director of Admissions:
J E L Dahl, MA

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Church of England, All denominations welcome
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
13 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Scholarship or bursary exam, Scholarship exam, Common Entrance, Assessment, Early registration or registration at birth, Report from previous school, Entry test or exam, GCSE results, Interview, References

Scholarships & Bursaries:

CDT, Sport, Senior school entry, Other scholarships, Other bursaries, Music, Financial need, Choral, Ballet or dance, Art, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, All-rounder, Academic, 6th Form, Drama

What we offer

  • Design technology
  • Classics
  • Business studies
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Photography
  • Government/Politics
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • German
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Chinese
  • Mandarin
  • Latin
  • French
  • Greek
  • Ancient Greek
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swimming
  • Polo
  • Rounders
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Martial arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Fencing
  • Cross-country
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Horse riding and management
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Chess
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Corps of drums
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Epilepsy
Head PhotoWellington College [Berkshire] is an all-round co-educational boarding and day school where education is for life, not just for passing exams. It seeks to be a vibrant, inspiring and challenging place which opens the minds and hearts of its pupils.

The College is building upon its honourable past while adapting its values and traditions for the twenty first century. The school has an admirable reputation for its approach to education, underpinning academic excellence and breadth of curriculum (GCSE and A-levels,IB ) with innovative ways of developing the emotional, physical and spiritual sides of its pupils.

The purpose of learning at the school is to acquire skills and knowledge that will be useful for life, producing young adults who question and think, and who are capable of independent learning. They gain an international outlook and the right attitudes to work, service and society that will set them apart as adults and help them succeed in their careers.

Wellington is deeply committed to all-round excellence. This approach is under-pinned philosophically by the belief that everyone has eight principal aptitudes or 'intelligences': mathematical or sequential (logical or scientific thought), linguistic, inter-personal, intra-personal, aesthetic and musical, kinaesthetic or physical, spiritual and moral intelligence. The curricular, extra-curricular and pastoral life of the College are all designed specifically to develop different aspects of these eight aptitudes, building confidence and a sense of self-worth.

Wellington has pioneered the teaching of well-being in collaboration with the Well-Being Institute at the University of Cambridge. These classes help pupils learn how to look after their minds, bodies and emotions better, how to develop relationships and pursuits which will nourish them through life, and how to identify their priorities and to fulfil their own goals and aspirations for their lives.

The school has also experienced the biggest ever improvements in its exam results since league tables began. There are high academic expectations of the pupils, expressed through encouragement and support, with the aim being a personal best. Nearly forty per cent of teachers have masters or doctorates in their subjects and all are specialists.

Wellington College was granted its Royal Charter in 1853 as the 'Royal and Religious Foundation of The Wellington College', the national memorial to the Great Duke. It was opened in 1859 and quickly became one of the great national boarding schools, and remains intensely proud of a fine tradition of service and of its Royal connections. Wellington is a Christian foundation, though remaining open to and respectful of children from all religious faiths.

The magnificent original College buildings are set in 400 acres of parkland alongside newer arts, science, technology and other facilities. A significant proportion of the grounds is set aside for sport, a major strength at the school. At present there are 640 boys and 405 girls, of whom 200 are day pupils.

The College is a school for enthusiasts who wish to make the most of their opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.
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