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Wellington College

Wellington College

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

+44 (0)1344 444000



Wellington College
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1853
Status Private
Master Mr James Dahl
Date Appointed September 2019
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 13-18 years
Number of pupils 1,104
Day fees per annum £35,760 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £48,930 per annum
Average Class Size Lower + Middle = 20 Upper School = 12
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Dr Robert Cromarty
Associations HMC, BSA, IB, ISC

Wellington College is dynamic in every sense of the word. All that we do is rooted in our five College values - kindness, courage, respect, integrity, responsibility - which underpin every aspect of life at Wellington. Our curriculum, facilities and teaching methods are constantly adapting as we seek to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and character to serve and help shape a better world.

Innovative and interesting use of technology combined with an emphasis on pedagogical research and outstanding teaching, places Wellington at the forefront of educational advance. Music, Art, Dance, and Drama are central to a Wellington education, a fact externally recognised by the Arts Council award of Artsmark Platinum and a TES nomination for Excellence in Creative Arts Award for our Festival of Musical Theatre.

Over 20 sports are on offer at Wellington involving 200 teams in 1,500 fixtures: 2022/23 saw 30 Wellingtonians involved at national level, with 12 teams or individuals competing in national finals.

Leadership, service to others and an international outlook are central: co-curricular activities include CCF, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and a pioneering Global Social Leaders scheme where pupils create and run social action projects tackling local and global issues.

Currently 240 pupils take the IB Diploma. 80% are from the UK and the rest from a range of countries worldwide, which sets us apart from competitors who tend to have smaller programmes attracting only international pupils. In 2023, we had 129 Diploma students with 50% scoring 40+ points. Seventeen students went to Oxbridge or Ivy League. Over 100 Wellingtonians were offered places at Oxford or Cambridge over the past five years and 20-25 pupils move to US universities each year, many to Ivy League institutions. The high academic expectations we have for our pupils are expressed through encouragement and support - nearly 40% of teachers have Masters or Doctorates and all are specialists.

Wellington College introduced the IB Diploma Programme in 2007. Its philosophy - of combining academic rigour with breadth and depth - is very much in sympathy with our own. A wide range of subjects is offered and support for the IB Core - the Extended Essay, TOK, and CAS - is truly world class, combining academic expertise with outstanding opportunities and resources. Wellington actively promotes excellence without compromising the ideals embedded within the IB's learner profile.

Subjects offered in the IB Diploma Programme are all at both HL and SL unless stated:

Group 1: English literature, German literature, German language and literature, English literature and performance SL.

Group 2 Modern B (HL, SL and ab initio): German, Spanish, French, Mandarin. Group 2 Modern B (HL and SL): Italian, Russian.

Group 2 Classical: Greek, Latin.

Group 3: business and management, economics, history, philosophy, psychology, geography, global politics, environmental systems and societies, art history SL, social and cultural anthropology SL.

Group 4: biology, chemistry, computer science, design technology, physics, sports, exercise and health science, environmental systems and societies, astronomy SL.

Group 5: analysis and approaches, applications and interpretation.

Group 6: music, visual arts, theatre arts.