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School DescriptionSet in a small, picturesque market town in the South West of England, Wellington School is an exceptionally friendly and vibrant community with high academic standards and a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities. The school curriculum offers a broad and balanced education through a range of GCSE and A Level subjects. Unsurprisingly, excellence is the norm for Wellington students, who routinely achieve top examination results and contribute to the school’s historically high rates of entry into the UK’s top universities.
At the heart of the School is the Dukes’ Library and Study Centre. This has been recently refurbished to the highest standard and is a beautifully light and airy building to inspire work and dedicated effort in all students. Wellington School can also boast some of the finest sporting facilities in the UK. The school’s Olympic Standard Sports Complex includes a fully equipped fencing salle, 2 performance gyms, a physiotherapy suite and a spectator viewing gallery. The sports hall is set up for over 8 different sports to be played indoors, and outside there are 5 rugby pitches, 9 tarmac tennis courts, 9 astro tennis courts, 4 purpose-built netball courts, a floodlit artificial turf hockey pitch and 3 grass pitches, cricket pitches, a 300m athletics track, high jump, long jump, discus, hammer and hurdle course, 2 squash courts, a climbing wall, and a covered, heated swimming pool.
Sports & Arts
Considerable emphasis is placed on outdoor activities (Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinbrugh Award Scheme) and on sport at Wellington School, as demonstrated by the marvellous facilities on-site. The school’s main seasonal sports are rugby, hockey, netball, cricket and athletics, although a wide range of other sports are also catered to, ensuring there is something for everyone to get involved in. Music and drama are flourishing areas of the college’s curriculum. The new theatre and music school has a Steinway piano in every teaching and practice room and LAMDA tuition is on offer for all students with an interest in acting. The school’s tradition of regular musical and theatrical productions and its history of producing inspiring and successful artists, ensures that all students are encouraged to express themselves creatively and reach their full potential.
Dormitories and Student Life
The boarding community is central to the rich and diverse environment that is Wellington School. 140 boys and girls, accommodated in 5 boarding houses, are provided with the perfect environment in which to explore their academic potential, develop their social relationships and unearth personal skills and qualities that enhance their success. All boarding students live in the school’s comfortable, modern boarding houses and are cared for by dedicated house staff. Each boarding house has a Housemaster or Housemistress, Matron and academic tutors who keep in regular contact with the students. In such a warm, communal setting, every student truly matters and the house staff strives to ensure the happiness of all those in their care by creating a family atmosphere. Older students can safely walk into Wellington town to visit cafés, takeaways and shops and have a distinct sense of independence and freedom, whilst being in a small, nurturing and safe community.
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