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Wellington College

Wellington College

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

+44 (0)1344 444000



Wellington College
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1853
Status Private
Master Mr James Dahl
Date Appointed September 2019
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 1,080
Number of boys 615
Number of girls 465
Number of boarders 860
Number of sixth formers 485
Day fees per annum £30,375 - £34,890
Boarding fees per annum £41,580
Average Class Size Lower + Middle = 20 Upper School = 12
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Richard Atherton
Associations HMC, BSA, IB

Wellington College is a vibrant, inspiring and challenging all-round coeducational boarding and day school set in 400 acres of parkland, 40 minutes from Heathrow. At present there are 615 boys and 465 girls, of whom 220 are day pupils.

The College seeks to provide a transformative experience by focusing on its key values of Kindness, Courage, Respect, Integrity and Responsibility, values which allow the pupils to develop a unique identity inspired by intellectual curiosity, true independence, a generous and far-reaching inclusivity and a determination to be properly and unselfishly individual. Its international reputation in sports, arts, service, wellbeing and leadership, and its genuine commitment to an education that extends far beyond the classroom ensures that students leave school equipped for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow's world.

Currently 243 pupils take the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form. 65% are from England and the rest are from 50 different countries, which sets us apart from competitors who tend to have smaller programmes attracting only international pupils. In the last examined year, 2019, we had 95 Diploma students who obtained an average of 40.2 points, with 62% scoring 40 or more and nine students achieving the perfect score of 45. The virus-affected 2020 cohort achieved an average of 40.0, and 15 of the 89 went on to Oxbridge or Ivy League. Indeed, over 100 Wellingtonians have been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge over the past four years and on average 25 pupils move on 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 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in 2007. Its philosophy - of combining academic rigour with breadth and depth - is very much in sympathy with our own. We offer a wide range of subjects, at all levels, and we believe our support for the IB Core - the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, activity, service - is truly world class, combining as it does academic expertise with outstanding opportunities and resources. This is a school that 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 SL, art history SL.

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

Group 5: analysis and approaches, applications and interpretation.

Group 6: music, visual arts, theatre arts.