Bracknell Forest, United Kingdom
About Wellington College
INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLEGE
Wellington College is a vibrant and challenging co-educational boarding and day school which seeks to provide an inspirational educational experience for its pupils, teachers, parents and all other members of its community. We hope that our pupils will develop an identity built on intellectual curiosity, on true independence, on a generous and far-reaching inclusivity and on the courage to be properly and unselfishly individual. 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.
Inspiration lies at the heart of all we do, and the academic, extra-curricular and pastoral life at Wellington is shaped by our belief that all minds have the capacity to be transported and transformed, and that everyone can strive to become better versions of themselves.
One of Wellington’s distinctive contributions to education is the pioneering of classes in wellbeing and resilience. These, along with our tutorial system, help pupils identify their priorities and fulfil their goals and aspirations by looking after their minds, bodies and emotions, and to develop relationships which will nourish them through life.
Wellington College is a Christian foundation, which remains open to and respectful of all religious faiths. A commitment to leadership, service and an international outlook lies at the heart of its values. Selection is not only on academic merit, but on all round contribution to school life.
The Curriculum and Academic Results
Pupils in the Third Form take a Wellington designed programme offering both breadth and depth in eight key learning areas: mathematics, science, English, modern and classical languages, humanities, the arts, technology and physical education. The curriculum accentuates personal enquiry, independent study, internationalism and social responsibility, with all courses emphasising the links between subjects and between school and the outside world. Following their initial experience of Wellington, pupils entering the Fourth Form choose a single curriculum combining the more traditional programme of GCSEs and IGCSEs with a number of bespoke Wellington designed courses. This integrated curriculum ensures both breadth and rigour in the middle school curriculum. Finally, on entering the Sixth Form, pupils may choose between A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP). Both pathways are academically rigorous, internationally recognised, and valued by universities and employers. For the IB DP, pupils take a balanced range of languages, sciences, humanities and arts along with a course in the theory of knowledge and an independent research project. The IB DP is designed to keep pupils' options open and to stimulate genuine engagement with learning and our global society. By contrast, A Levels offer a reputation of academic strength, the opportunity to choose a focused range of subjects for specialist study and yearly examination modules. Regardless of the curriculum chosen, lessons are imaginative and challenging, and based on active learning with the development of independent learning fundamental to the programme.
Wellington’s academic results have improved impressively over recent years.
All academic activities are organised in departments which are teams of dedicated teachers working together to instil enthusiasm for their subject in every student. Departments meet weekly to share good practice and to focus on how they can work together to improve the teaching and learning that happens in their department. The facilities required to teach the curriculum are extensive and include data projectors and other IT equipment in every classroom. All teachers set very high standards for themselves and for their students so that together, they can achieve the very best outcomes.
The school’s performance review system, regular lesson observations and informal feedback via colleagues and students ensure the continued high quality of the teaching. There is an advanced and bespoke professional learning programme for all teachers, and departments are encouraged to be innovative allowing teachers develop their skills further. It is essential that teachers continue to be learners and at Wellington this is strongly encouraged.
At Wellington, there are separate Houses for boys and girls, most predominantly for boarders but two specifically for day pupils. One house takes Sixth Formers only. The House is the centre of a pupil's life. Houses vary in terms of size, location and character, but in each the Housemaster or Housemistress, supported by under tutors and a housekeeper, has responsibility for looking after the students in his or her care and for monitoring students' academic and social development.
Our sporting prowess is premier league and our sports facilities are extensive and impressive, including 16 rugby pitches, two floodlit Astroturf pitches, a state-of-the-art Sports Hall, 22 hard tennis courts, 12 cricket pitches, an athletics track, two lacrosse pitches, six netball courts, a gym, dance studio, basketball/volleyball courts, a recently refurbished rackets court, squash courts, badminton courts, a climbing wall, a shooting range and a nationally acclaimed nine-hole golf course in the grounds.
We want music to inspire and enrich pupils’ lives, with every student fulfilling some sort of musical achievement and some reaching the highest levels. We provide opportunities to explore the many facets of music making, from being an outstanding instrumentalist to being a singer/songwriter or a performer in a musical. Pupils discover their musical niche through the environment we create. Our facilities are excellent and we have a wealth of musical instruments available for use, a professional recording studio, a number of concert venues and a continuing investment in music technology and software.
We want to embed a love of art in all its forms in our pupils. The calibre of creative talent amongst our students has taken groups to the Edinburgh Fringe, national exhibitions and prize-winning events, but we celebrate artistic effort at every level. Regular exhibitions of students’ artwork bear testimony to their creativity and technical ability. With drama, as soon as one production has finished, another is begun. Creative writing, debating and design, engineering & technology also play an important part in the daily life of the college.
We don’t do boredom at Wellington. When students have had their fill of drama, art and sport, there are clubs and societies for just about every popular hobby and interest. These include cooking, creative writing, fencing, Model United Nations, sailing, ski racing, photography, debating, Open Door (Christian forum), Wellington TV, Duke of Edinburgh Award and many more.
For more information, see the Wellington College website: http://www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk
An International Baccalaureate World School