Wellington School

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 440 (Boys) 360 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1837

General Information

Wellington School provides excellent, all round education for boarders and day pupils aged 3 to 18.

We aim to provide an environment where every girl and boy can achieve success, but not fear failure; where confidence and ambition are fostered, but tempered with humour and humility; where the individual is given a chance to shine, but reminded of their responsibility to a community; where we know the importance of academic grades, but do not forget that the best in education cannot always be measured.

Our boarders, who come from the UK, Europe, the Far East and Africa, add an exciting international dimension so relevant in a world where understanding of other cultures will be a central feature of business and learning in the future.  Yet the School has never lost sight of its reputation for providing a high quality, academically rigorous education for local boys and girls and without unnecessary glitz.  The friendly, open and practical nature of our students reflects such diversity.

The school’s academic achievements are outstanding. According to the A level league tables, Wellington School is regularly the top performing school in Somerset at A level.

Facilities

The beautiful Memorial Chapel of St Michael and George, Health Centre, extensive library and The Carla Coggan Language Centre providing modern interactive resources for our many linguists. The John Kendall-Carpenter Science Centre with its state-of-the-art laboratories and lecture theatre enables Wellington School to offer some of the best teaching in the area for the STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our co-curricular STEM program, includes Engineering Club, Scientific Society, Team and Individual Challenges and Olympiads in the Sciences and Mathematics.

In Music there is the opportunity of participating in a wide range of musical styles and genres. In 2010 Wellington became the first Steinway School in England with 12 Steinway pianos. We have 25 ensembles ranging from small chamber groups to the Symphony Orchestra, 6 choirs and choral groups, including the acclaimed Chapel Choir, 2 Concert Bands, 2 String Orchestras and Big Band. Drama provides opportunities for all pupils in the school to contribute to performance, on stage and in the Tech Crew using Great Hall, the School’s main theatre space and the Southside Studio Theatre. In Art, specialist rooms include facilities for ceramics, with 2 kilns and a dark room.

Students have access to a £2.6m sports complex opened in 2002, which was accepted as a training venue for the 2012 Olympics. The School has 5 rugby pitches, 9 tennis courts, 4 purpose-built netball courts, a floodlit artificial turf hockey pitch and 3 grass pitches, cricket pitches and a 300m athletics track, 2 squash courts and a covered, heated swimming pool. A purpose built fencing salle and a specialist coach ensure that fencing experiences great success at inter-school, regional and national level.

There is a wide range of opportunities outside the classroom including CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Award. Activities include gymnastics, trampolining and fencing, Forest School, Theatre Workshop and Dance Crew, medics workshop, film club, sailing, cookery and an extensive outdoor education programme. Please visit our website to see all activities, trips and expeditions.

Support is offered in the Individual Learning Centre for those students who require a little assistance with their English speaking, listening and writing skills.

Wellington School offers full, weekly and flexi boarding in 4 boarding houses - 2 for senior boys, 1 for senior girls and 1 for junior boys and girls aged 10-13 years. A significant proportion of our boarding community are Sixth Form students. Whilst many arrive having moved through the School from a younger age, a significant number join the School at Sixth Form level and some transfer having originally been day students.

The school is open from 8.00am each morning until 6.00pm to allow parents additional flexibility.

Entrance Requirements

Entry into Year 7: Entrance exam in January for admission the following September. Papers will be set in Maths, English Comprehension, English Essay and verbal reasoning. Entry into Year 9 and above (including the Sixth Form) is through current school reports and interviews.

Scholarships

Scholarships are offered for entry into Year 7, Year 9 and the Sixth Form to recognise ability and potential in the following areas: Academic, Music, Sport, Drama, and Art & Design. Pupils applying for Sport, Music, Drama and Art & Design scholarships must fulfil the academic requirements of the school.

Open Days

2019. Open Morning: Sat. 28th September, 9am - 12noon.

Fees

2019/2020.

Nursery: from £29.50 per half day. Reception-Year 2: £2175 per term. Years 3-6: £2645 - £3995 per term.

Years 7-13: Day £4650 - £5225 per term. Boarding (from Year 8) £9920 - £10, 575 per term. Weekly Boarding £7940 - £9275. International Boarding £10,200 - £10,895.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2018

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Eugene du Toit, MA, MBA

Contact for enquiries: Rachel Debenham, Registrar

Wellington School
South Street
Wellington
Somerset
TA21 8NT

[t]: 01823 668800
[f]: 01823 668844
[w]: www.wellington-school.org.uk

Location Description

Wellington School is based in the market town of Wellington, close to beautiful Somerset countryside. The catchment area for day pupils extends up to 20-30 miles around the town, served by an extensive bus service. Buses depart from school at 5pm to enable all day pupils to take advantage of the busy after-school programme. Many parents who live on the outskirts of Exeter and to the North and East of Taunton testify that it is faster to get to Wellington using the M5 than it is to the centre of these busy towns.

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Wellington Scool independent Somerset Wellington School Pupils Celebrate GCSE Success

Wellington School pupils are celebrating another impressive set of GCSE results with almost half of all grades being awarded at 9-7 (A* – A).

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29% of the grades achieved were at the top 9-8 grade (A*) and there has been a notable rise in the number of pupils achieving the coveted grade 9 across a wide range of subjects.

New Headmaster, Eugene du Toit, said, ‘I am delighted with this very pleasing set of results. Our pupils have worked extremely hard and their efforts have been justly rewarded. These results also reflect the dedication and expertise of our hugely committed teachers, who always go the extra mile in supporting our girls and boys. I am very grateful to our pupils’ parents for their support and encouragement during the exam period’

‘Learning, in its many forms, is at the heart of all we do at Wellington’ adds Mr du Toit. ‘We want our girls and boys to be ambitious but we don’t want them to fear failure as they engage with the world around them. While helping each pupil achieve their best possible academic results, we want boys and girls to develop the skills they need to become critical thinkers who can work collaboratively to find creative solutions to challenging problems.’

Wellington School provides an outstanding all-round education and seeks to produce young adults who are equipped to thrive in an increasingly complex world.

Photo: Wellington School GCSE students celebrate their succes

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Wellington School is celebrating another strong set of A Level results with 36% of grades being awarded at the top A*/A level. Pupils across the

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year group will be taking up places on a range of courses at leading universities, including two at Oxford and one at Cambridge.

In addition to Tim Kilbey, Victoria Zhang and Angus Hunter going on to Oxbridge, notable performances came from Alexander Richardson-Jones with 4 A* grades; Michelle Jacob with 3 A* grades, and Morwenna Maunder, Tommy Law and Derek Lai all gaining 3 A* grades and an A.

Outgoing Headmaster, Henry Price commented, ‘Whilst it is easy to focus on the highest grades, I am delighted by a number of pupils who achieved hard-earned results whilst continuing to contribute broadly to the wider life of the School. It is these qualities, as well as their grades, which will serve pupils well in the future and I am proud that Wellington continues to serve able and well-rounded pupils.’

Wellington pupils will proceed on to an excellent range of academic and vocational courses ranging from Maths to Medicine, Economics to English, Over 80% of pupils will be going to their preferred choice of university, with 65% going to Russell Group universities or equivalent.  ‘The individual support for pupils in the Sixth Form at Wellington is a significant factor in guiding pupils towards the right choices, which we hope will be a springboard for ongoing learning and future success. I am very grateful to all the staff at Wellington, who work so hard to support and advise pupils during these crucial Sixth Form years, as well as the parents who support their children through their crucial school years,’ concludes Henry Price.

The reins at Wellington have now been formally handed to Mr du Toit, who said, ‘I congratulate all the leaving pupils on their successes and I look forward to building on the strong academic platform that is already in place at Wellington.’

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Wellington School’s reputation for excellence in the Performing Arts is widely-acknowledged and exciting creative developments planned for the immediate future further underline why this is

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a trailblazing place for young people to develop their talents.

“We are delighted to be revolutionising the way we provide music to our pupils across the whole School, which is unique in this area,” commented Headmaster Henry Price.

A new integrated 3-18 music department will be launched in September 2019. Working across both Prep and Senior schools, Wellington Music will be offering a nurturing musical experience from Nursery to Sixth Form, with all pupils benefitting from the highest quality teaching, mentoring, instrumental and vocal coaching from the same outstanding team of music practitioners.

Director of Wellington Music, Andrew Trewhella comments “ we can’t wait to start this exciting new chapter for music at the School. Given the wonderful level of support the Arts are receiving here, Wellington’s creative future looks bright indeed!”

“Our pupils demonstrate significant creative talent and the broadest range of skills within the expressive arts, and the School is also widening the range of creative scholarships it offers. In addition to the existing Music, Drama and Art scholarships, there will now also be a Performing Arts award, which incorporates dance into the offering – the perfect creative environment for the talented child.

The music department at Wellington has supported and nurtured a range of talented musicians, including Year 6 pupil Genevieve Altoft who has just played with the Young National Schools Symphony Orchestra at The Symphony Hall in Birmingham. The concert was a glorious culmination to a hectic musical training week with them at Malvern College.

“We are delighted to be able to help to inspire and support talented pupils such as Genevieve to achieve significant personal success,” concluded Andrew Trewhella.

Photo caption: The integrated Music department at Wellington encourages pupils from 3-18 to enjoy performing

 

 

 

 

 

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The Drama Department at Wellington School is celebrating after receiving the best set of LAMDA results the School has ever seen. 

Wellington School pupils have proved themselves

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to be splendid all round performers as this year more students than ever before sat the challenging London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art examinations.

There was greater uptake for these exams than ever, with everyone achieving either Merit or Distinction grades. More excitingly, for the first time at Wellington, the pupils achieved more overall Distinction grades. 

Every LAMDA student must learn, direct and perform up to three pieces from different time periods and answer questions on their pieces and drama practitioners used. Our students performed an eclectic mix of contemporary and older pieces including the works of Ibsen, Tom Morris and Shakespeare.

This year, 55 candidates who sat the examinations and every one of them passed at either Merit or Distinction level, with 86% being awarded the top grade. A fantastic achievement from our talented performers.

This is a splendid achievement for all involved and we look forward to another superb set of results next year.

Photo caption: 55 LAMDA students at Wellington School celebrate their success

 

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Two teams from Wellington School took part in the gruelling Ten Tors event on Dartmoor.  The team taking part in the 45 miles challenge romped

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in first after a hard, strenuous walk and an overnight camp. As a result of excellent preparation and a lot of hard work, Sixth Formers, Oliver Beckley, Alexander Smith, Alfie Hollingsworth, Beatrice Renyard, Alistair Bett and Ellen Cowling put in an impressive performance finishing first out of over 100 teams, crossing the line at 9.24 in the morning.  The team were roared over the finish line by the watching supporters.

The 35 mile team of Imogen Evans, Matthew Madge, Joe Woodward, Henry Pocock, Dylan Leonard and Angus Kekwick also put in a strong performance coming first in their group and completing the course at a fabulous 8.54 on Sunday morning.  Well done on all the hard work in the build-up to the event.

The event which is run by the Army, assisted by the Royal Navy and Royal Airforce is in its 59th year.

Over 2,400 teenagers – (400 teams!) aged between 14 to 19 hiked distances of up to 55 miles (89 km) and visited 10 nominated tors.

 

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Cricket for girls at Wellington School is going from strength to strength with county selection for 3 girls and one former pupil and an international

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player!

Congratulations to Niamh Holland in Year 9 and Sixth Former Daisy Jeanes who have been selected to play for Somerset Women against Wales and Durham at Taunton Vale Cricket Club. These two fixtures are both 50 over fixtures and form part of the ECB Division 2 Championship.

The two players will be joined in the squad by Old Wellingtonian, Cassie Coombes, who is currently studying Ancient History and English Literature at Leeds University.

In addition, Year 11 cricketer Olivia Churcher has been officially selected to play for Devon Women after her debut last year. The team’s 1st 50 over game is this Sunday vs Durham and the second game on Monday v Wales.

Moving up to an even higher level, Year 9 girl Alisa Scantlebury spent the Easter playing at international level for the Barbados Ladies Team!

Niamh, Olivia, Daisy and Cassie have all been supported by the Wellington School Sports and Wellbeing Department in their cricket with particular input from Head of Cricket, Paul Lawrence and former England Ladies player and Wellington School Sports Coach, Caroline Foster.

Niamh, at age 14 is the youngest player to represent Somerset Women in the era of professional contracts for women cricketers.

Photo Caption: Alisa Scantlebury  – Barbados Ladies Cricket

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One of the youngest members of Wellington School’s Equestrian team has made her dream come true and qualified for the prestigious Royal International Horse Show.
Grace

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Gendall, who is in Year 5 travelled to Essex during the Easter holidays with her pony Pantmanr Just-So and secured her qualification place with a win in the Pretty Polly Heritage First Ridden class. Riding against children several years older than her, Grace and her pony put in a foot perfect show to impress the judge and finish ten marks clear of the second placed pony.

The judge, Mrs James, commented that “her winner was a traditional and true to type Dartmoor and one that she would put her Grand-daughter on.”

Grace will now travel to Hickstead to compete in the grand final but first she has a busy few weeks with the National Winter Championships and the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Photo Caption:  Grace Gendall with her pony Pantmanr Just-So 

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Three pupils from Wellington School have received Oxbridge offers this year.

Tim Kilbey and Angus Hunter have both had offers from St Catherine’s College, Oxford for

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Medicine and Human Sciences respectively and Victoria Zhang has an offer from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge to study Human, Social and Political Sciences.

“We are very proud of Victoria, Tim and Angus and their outstanding achievement in receiving offers from Oxford and Cambridge. This is not only a reflection of their significant academic potential, but also a just reward for their hard work and dedication to their studies over many years which has brought them to this point. The fact that these pupils are extremely busy in numerous other areas of School life makes their success all the more impressive. They are also delightful individuals and a great asset to the School. ” commented Henry Price, Headmaster of Wellington School.

“At Wellington School, we aim to support all our students in their university choices and guide them through the process so their expectations and hopes are realistic and achievable.  It is so rewarding when these hardworking and dedicated students receive Oxbridge offers, and I warmly congratulate them on their success,” concluded Henry Price.

The diverse subjects offered is indicative of the breadth and quality of teaching offered at Wellington School and once again reinforces its position of strong academic results across a range of academically rigorous subjects.

These offers come as the DfE league table put Wellington School at the top of the Somerset league tables for the quality of our A level results, which are often in the more demanding, facilitating subjects.

  • Percentage of students achieving AAB or higher in at least two facilitating

subjects

  • Grade and points for a student’s best 3 A Levels
  • Average point score

(Facilitating A levels are ones that are commonly needed for entry to leading universities.)

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Pupils, parents and the Wellington School community, as well as local secondary school students were treated to an exciting lecture by Frank Duckworth MBE –

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creator of The Duckworth-Lewis Method.

Each year the Mathematics Department organises a lecture in memory of Tom Passmore, a former student who had a passion for Mathematics.

This year marks the 29th lecture and Frank Duckworth gave an entertaining and fascinating insight into his life and work. All Sixth Form mathematicians attended the lecture, together with staff, governors and guests.

The Duckworth–Lewis method is a mathematical formulation designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited overs cricket match interrupted by weather or other circumstances. It is generally accepted to be the most accurate method of setting a target score and has been adopted by the ICC.

 

Photo:  Frank Duckworth MBE with Peter Buckingham, Head of Mathematics at Wellington School.

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Wellington School will be pioneering a revolutionary system of movement amongst some of the younger children. The Sports and Wellbeing Department has been working closely

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with Functional Movements Systems (UK) over the past 18 months to collect data and create a scheme which will retrain the body and the brain to improve movement efficiency to re-establish sound movement patterns.

“If we are going to influence the health and fitness of the general population, we have to impact children first. Developing movement habits and preserving movement health of young people must be a priority,” commented Steffan Jones, Director of Sport Performance & Wellbeing at Wellington School.

“The programme is not about competition or elite sport – it’s about everyone – a tool to identify poorly developed or maintained movement patterns that potentially make gross motor skills or specific sports skills difficult.”

Of all the challenges that await the next generation, health – specifically obesity – is among the most significant. According to the NHS nearly one third of children between the ages of 2-15 are either overweight or obese. The Movement Patterns programme allows teachers to screen for movement inefficiency to ensure a child has the basic foundation of movement quality to make the best programming decisions with precision and purpose.

“There will be seven movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability – placing children in challenging positions where weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations become noticeable”, observed Steffan Jones. “We will work with Year 5-8 initially, then roll out the across the whole school.”

“We are delighted to be working with Wellington School on this programme “commented FMS UK Chief Executive, Peter Bowler. “The platform is accessed through an integrated FMS UK App – by phone or tablet – it stores every child’s results and establishes a movement passport that can be monitored continually. A report is automatically produced outlining any required remediation needed and the necessary training program established – this is available to be emailed to parents at any time.”

FMS are considered leaders in the world of movement. After two decades working with and testing their theories with elite athletes in the Football Premiership, the NFL, US Military and Nave Seals, FMS are now refocusing their attention on schools and junior sport.

 

Photo: FMS CEO Peter Bowler (left) with Steffan Jones Wellington School’s Director of Sports Performance & Wellbeing and FMS Gavin Armstrong.

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Wellington Prep School has been selected from hundreds of Primary and Prep Schools nationwide to participate in a prestigious exhibition at the National Gallery in

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London.

Pupils at the School submitted work to the Take One Picture initiative, the National Gallery’s scheme which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning by promoting the role of visual arts within education.

Each year, the National Gallery encourages primary school teachers and children to focus on one painting from the collection and respond creatively to its themes and subject matter, historical context or composition.  Last year, the selected painting was “An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump” by Joseph Wright of Derby.

“Children across the Prep School from Nursery to Year 6 examined and discussed the painting” commented Headmaster Adam Gibson. “They came up with some fantastically creative interpretations, from a focus on the fabric and buttons, to the idea of incarceration or asphyxiation, themes around science, space and exploration and also our control and impact on the environment.”

The final pieces of work were displayed in a “pop-up” gallery in Wellington Prep School, then submitted to the National Gallery in October. Photographs of the childrens’ work will form part of the digital display in the National Gallery’s exhibition from May 9th to August 11th and staff and pupils will attend a private view in May.

“We are delighted that we have been selected to be part of this fabulous exhibition, and we are proud of the pupils who have been so creative. This is the first year we have participated in this initiative and we are all very excited at the prospect of national acclaim!” concluded Adam Gibson.

 

Photo:Wellington Prep School children working on Take One Picture

 

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Wellington Prep School has been selected from hundreds of Primary and Prep Schools nationwide to participate in a prestigious exhibition at the National Gallery in

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London.

Pupils at the School submitted work to the Take One Picture initiative, the National Gallery’s scheme which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning by promoting the role of visual arts within education.

Each year, the National Gallery encourages primary school teachers and children to focus on one painting from the collection and respond creatively to its themes and subject matter, historical context or composition.  Last year, the selected painting was “An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump” by Joseph Wright of Derby.

“Children across the Prep School from Nursery to Year 6 examined and discussed the painting” commented Headmaster Adam Gibson. “They came up with some fantastically creative interpretations, from a focus on the fabric and buttons, to the idea of incarceration or asphyxiation, themes around science, space and exploration and also our control and impact on the environment.”

The final pieces of work were displayed in a “pop-up” gallery in Wellington Prep School, then submitted to the National Gallery in October. Photographs of the childrens’ work will form part of the digital display in the National Gallery’s exhibition from May 9th to August 11th and staff and pupils will attend a private view in May.

“We are delighted that we have been selected to be part of this fabulous exhibition, and we are proud of the pupils who have been so creative. This is the first year we have participated in this initiative and we are all very excited at the prospect of national acclaim!” concluded Adam Gibson.

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A Wellington School pupil has been recognised with a prestigious sporting award.

Congratulations to Year 11 student Ali Layard who travelled to Lord’s CC, the home

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of cricket, to receive his full England Cap from Ashley Giles, in his first official engagement as Managing Director of the ECB. Ali became the youngest capped International cricketer when he played for England in the Physical Disability (PD) VitalityT20 Tri Series v Pakistan and Bangladesh last summer, 2018.

Ali trains regularly with the England PD squad and is hoping to be selected for the World Cup being held in the UK this summer. Ali is also in the (able-bodied) Somerset County U17 Winter squad and training hard with them too.

Ali sustained life changing injuries when his legs were caught in the propeller of a narrowboat. Ali’s legs were terribly injured, requiring hospitalisation for four months and numerous complicated operations. Despite being told he would not walk unaided again, Ali’s personal resilience and hard work has led to him becoming an outstanding athlete and a splendid young man.

Photo caption: Wellington School pupil Ali Layard – England Cricket Cap

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Wellington School pupils are benefitting from England rugby player and local hero Ben Moon.

Rugby players at Wellington welcomed Ben back to school following the autumn

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international series up at Twickenham. Ben played a key role in England’s successful campaign with the big hitters from the Southern Hemisphere. Described by Chief’s head coach Ali Hepher as “one of the best props in the Premiership for a long time” Ben is an excellent example to all young aspiring players because his chance for international honours has come as a result of hard work, commitment and graft.

Speaking of Ben’s call up in an interview with the BBC, Hepher also stated that “it says to everyone out there that if you perform well over a longer period you might get your opportunity.” Pupils and players take note: there is little in life that is worth doing if it is handed to you on a plate!

Alastair Anderson, Deputy Head, Co-curricular comments “Ben coaches at Wellington School for 4 hours each week, and has helped all squads from Years 7 upwards. The 1st XV have been particularly keen to learn from his experience. A man with a modest outlook and a terrific work ethic, we are very lucky to have him onboard.”

 

Photo caption: England Rugby player and local boy Ben Moon coaches rugby at Wellington School.

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A Wellington School pupil has achieved an outstanding array of victories in a most unusual sport.

Jasmine Farrer, In Year 10 competed at the UK National

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Finswimming Championships in London.

She came first in all 6 of her events for her team, Neptune Finswimming Club (from Bristol) and set 4 new age group records and a National record in the 200m. In the final event, she swam with the mens’ team, who also came first! Well done Jasmine – a superb performance. Jasmine swam the 50m without breathing – a remarkable achievement!

As well as her personal achievements, Jasmine also scored points for her club, and overall Neptune Finswimming Club were the club champions – and delighted to win!

Finswimming is a form of swimming when athletes use a monofin or flippers to move through the water. They either swim on the water’s surface using a snorkel  or underwater by holding  breath.  Events exist over distances similar to swimming competitions for both swimming pool and open water venues.

“I started fin swimming when I was 9 years old, on a suggestion from my sports teacher at my village primary school in Hong Kong. Although it is quite a new sport in many countries, it has been popular in Eastern Europe since 1950s.  For me, I really enjoyed the speed of swimming with a mono fin ( it is like a mermaid’s tail, although perhaps less glamorous!) and that you have to learn new skills and ways of swimming. It really is thrilling to go so fast through the water!” commented Jasmine.

“Over time, with a lot of regular practice (2-3 times a week), I found that my skill and confidence improved and I started to compete in local competitions, which were very exciting and I really enjoyed competing as an individual and as a team. In 2012, I was selected to join the Hong Kong squad to compete at the All China National Championships, which was a great honour and, although that time I didn’t win any races, I learnt a lot.

Since then, my finswimming skills, strength, and technique have improved and, through perseverance in training (now 4-5 times a week), and a huge thanks to the dedication of my coaches, I have had the honour of representing Hong Kong (2012-2018) in competitions in China and Japan and, more recently since my move to Wellington School (in 2016) I have been honoured to represent the United Kingdom (at club level) at the World Cup in Lignano, Italy in 2018. The sport in the UK is growing fast and we recently held the UK National Championships in London with clubs from all over the UK and Europe participating.

If you like swimming, like the excitement of moving fast through the water, and like to try something new… then you will LOVE fin-swimming !  Try it !” concludes Jasmine.

Finswimming was pioneered in the 1930s and the first competition was held in the sea in 1951.

It is now overseen globally by the World Confederation of Underwater Activities (“CMAS”) and is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee. It is one of the fastest growing sports, gaining popularity in Europe, the Middle East and Asian countries

The sport’s first world championship was held in 1976. It also has been featured at the World Games as a trend sport since 1981 and was demonstrated at the 2015 European Games in June 2015.

 

Photo caption: Jasmine Farrer – National Finswimming championships

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