Age Range
13 to 18
Nearest Airport
School Type
Fees - Day
Fees - Full

When you make your first visit to Wellington College you immediately get a sense that it is more than just a school. The beautiful grounds and breath-taking buildings see to that, as does the palpable sense of purpose among every pupil and member of staff you meet. I genuinely do not believe that there is a better coeducational boarding and day school for 13 - 18 year olds in the land.

The College, founded in 1853 as a living memorial to the Duke of Wellington, sought to deliver an inspirational education for all of its pupils. As the school grew, so too did the identity of those pupils. It is 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. It is, in short, the capacity to be inspired to become the very best you can be. And it is these qualities that are present in the thousands of small interactions that happen all the time here, the little daily miracles that make this such a special place. After all, the school we build is the school we build together, and every pupil who passes through Wellington leaves an indelible mark on our community. It is my absolute responsibility to help all our pupils become the very best that they can be, and to develop the identity that marks them out as a true Wellingtonian.

Wellington College is set in 400 acres of beautiful parkland in leafy Berkshire, one hour from Central London and just 40 minutes from Heathrow. Please do explore our on-line tour to get a sense of the scope and size of the school, for our campus is quite simply stunning. Wellington's curriculum is vibrant, demanding and progressive, and with our ground-breaking Wellbeing course and classes in Philosophy and Thinking, Wellington has become nationally renowned as a centre for curriculum development. Our stunning examination results and university outcomes speak for themselves.

Creativity flourishes and it was no surprise when the Arts Council awarded us Artsmark Gold in recognition of the outstanding provision and standards across all the Arts at the school. We have a 'premier league' reputation as one of the best schools for sport in the UK and, in recent years, our teams have achieved national renown and titles in hockey, rugby, golf, shooting, triathlon, squash, equestrianism, cricket, rackets and polo. Outward-facing in all that we do, the College's focus on service, leadership and character education means that Wellingtonians leave the school fully prepared for the challenges of adult life in the 21st Century.

Entrance Requirements: 

The admissions process at all entry points has been strategically designed to identify the academic potential of all candidates, as well as allowing them to show us their personalities, passions and interests. At 13+ entry, the decision-making process takes into consideration information detailed on references, scores from the ISEB Common Pretest, , and also performance on the assessment days, both in interview and in collaborative problem-solving sessions. For 16+ entry, we initially use school reports and personal statements to select long-listed candidates. For those students invited to an assessment day, offers of places are based on a combination of interview, examination scores, and performance in Harkness discussion groups as well as information detailed on references.

Scholarships & Bursaries: 

Scholarships are entrance awards intended to recognise talented children who have shown great promise in certain disciplines but they do not carry any financial benefit in terms of fee reduction. Scholarships are made following strong performance in a competitive assessment process, usually administered around six to eight months before a pupil enters Wellington.  As well as it being a great honour and accolade, pupils awarded scholarships upon entry to the College are expected to be leaders and role-models within their field of interest. They will also take part in a programme of extension activities and opportunities appropriate to their particular area of talent. Music scholars, for example, attend regular master-classes with visiting professionals and academic award holders partake in an extension programme of study designed by our Head of Scholarship.
Bursaries are specific financial awards made to parents which give some form of reduction of school fees appropriate to the individual situation of each family. All bursaries awarded to families of children joining the College are calculated via a means-testing process. In this way we aim to direct all of our financial aid to families who, without support, would not be able to access the fees at Wellington. Bursaries with a value of up to 95% reduction in school fees are available.
Means-tested bursaries are directly dependent on a child being awarded a scholarship. Unfortunately it is impossible to grant a bursary to a family unless their child has been successful in winning a scholarship upon entrance to Wellington.

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The College is situated in Crowthorne about 35 miles to the South West of London and can be reached by road from either the M3 or M4. Crowthorne railway station enjoys direct rail links to Reading and Guildford, and our closest airports are Heathrow (around 30 minutes’ drive) and Gatwick (just over an hour).
Nestled in a stunning 400-acre parkland campus, Wellington is situated between the M3 and M4 motorways, just a 30-minute drive from Heathrow Airport.

Boarding pupil - £12,740
Day pupil in boarding House - £10,695
Day - £9,310
Overnight charge for day pupils - £48 per night

Houses are where pupils live, sleep, relax, work and, in a few Houses, eat some of their meals. For most Wellingtonians, it is also where they will develop their most enduring friendships and it is the place where a team of passionate and dedicated staff will support and guide them throughout their time at the College.
Every one of our 17 Houses has a Housemaster or Housemistress (HM), and Assistant HM (often also resident) and a team of tutors who look after individual year groups within the House community. On a day-to-day basis, it is the HM who has overarching responsibility for the pastoral life of the boys or girls under their care, and will often be the first point of contact for parents. Tutors meet their tutees on regular basis both as a group, during a Monday morning tutorial period, and also individually, often when they are ‘on duty’ in the House of an evening. All Houses also have a Matron, most of whom work between 10.30am and 6pm and a Housekeeper, who works between 7.30am and lunchtime. This system ensures that there is always adult cover in every House 24-hours a day.
All new pupils are assigned a ‘buddy’ from the year above in their House to help them settle into life at Wellington in the early weeks and months. One of the House prefects will also be a designated Third Form prefect and their sole responsibility is to take care of the new pupils in their respective Houses.
House Allocation
After offers of places are made in Year 6, a number of Open Houses Days are held at the College to enable families to visit different Houses, meet the HMs and be toured by current pupils. Families are then asked to submit a list of their House preferences. The date of registration is used as the deciding factor when allocating Houses. Early registration therefore increases the likelihood of a boy or girl being allocated their first choice House. Between 90-95% of new pupils are allocated a place in their first or second choice House, a fact which emphasises how popular and diverse all our Houses are.

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