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.


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 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

All visits are welcome, please contact the school


2015/2016. Nursery: from £20.50 per half day. Reception - Year 2: £1950 per term. Years 3 - 6: £2365 - £3550 per term. Years 7 - 13: Day £4260 - £4690 per term. Boarding (from Year 8) £8812 - £9404 per term. Weekly Boarding £7058 - £7840 per term. International Boarding £9068 - £9676 per term.


ISI Inspection 2014

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr H Price

Contact for enquiries: Rachel Debenham, Registrar

Wellington School
South Street
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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School News

Wellington School Independent Somerset Outstanding Musicians at Wellington School

Esta Felix, in Year 13 won the “Outstanding Performance” Award at The Taunton Festival recently, in a field of 432! Martin Parker, Chairman of the

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Festival came to present Esta with her award and stressed how superb her performance was. Many other pupils won other award in the Festival, which is always a lovely opportunity to showcase the talent at Wellington.

Pianist Anson Tang has secured his place to study at the prestigious Royal Scottish Conservatoire for September and both he and fellow Sixth Former Marco Leung are auditioning for the Two Moors Festival shortly.

“In the past three years 22 Musicians have achieved a Grade 8 or Diploma level qualification and a further 6 will be taking Grade 8 or Diploma this term” commented Andrew Trewhella, Director of Music at Wellington School. “Our musical offering is incredibly diverse, with genres ranging from Choral, a cappella and classical orchestras to Big Band, rock and an endless array of vocal styles.”

With over 20 bands and ensembles, there are many opportunities for pupils to perform and hone their musical skills. There are also many outreach activities and opportunities to local children to get involved in the musical life of the School, including the fabulous 450 strong “Come & Sing”, “The Mighty Orchestra” and “Come and Be a Chorister” where children play with our orchestras or spend a day rehearsing and singing with the outstanding Chapel Choir. In addition, our musicians are involved in the local community, regularly performing at local venues, care homes, Churches and Cathedrals throughout the South West.

Photo: Esta Felix (centre) receiving her prize from Martin Parker – Chairman of the Taunton Festival (right) and Director of Music Andrew Trewhella. (left)

Wellington School Independent Somerset A Musical Extravaganza Performance at Wellington School

A spectacular performance took place at Wellington School last week.

Over 450 children from 20 schools around the region turned out for an afternoon of workshops

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and rehearsals, before performing a dazzling array of songs from Disney hits to a thrilled audience of over 1000!

All schools came for rehearsals and a sing-off to find our star soloists for the performance. In the evening, hundreds of parents, grandparent, friends and relatives poured into the packed Sports Hall to hear the most phenomenal concert, complete with a professional band and three conductors!

“All the pupils had learned the songs in their schools with the help of their music teachers, and my colleagues and I have been into all the schools to work with them. When they finally came together on Friday, the sound was electrifiying – such an exciting moment,” commented Ros Shaw, from Wellington School, who masterminded the whole event, (and appeared as Mary Poppins to conduct!).

“Each school had auditioned a boy and girl for the solos so there was a tense and nail-biting, blind “The Voice” style sing-off for each role. The winners performed the roles in the concert that evening.”

“It was tremendously exciting to have such an array of fantastic singers from so many schools coming along – there is some serious talent around and we feel privileged to have been able to showcase some of it last week. My thanks must go to all the primary music teachers who have worked to hard with their children to make this happen” concluded Ros Shaw.

The schools taking part were; Ash Church of England Primary School, Ashill Community Primary School, Awliscombe Church of England Primary School, Bishops Nympton & East Anstey Primary Schools, Blackbrook Primary School, Culmstock Primary School, Dulverton Junior School, Holy Trinity Primary School, Lyngford Park Primary School, Martock Church of England Primary School, North Petherton Community Primary School, Norton Fitzwarren Primary School, Oake, Bradford and Nynehead C of E School, Parkfield Primary School, Plymtree Primary School, St John’s Primary School, Wellesley Park Primary School and Wellington Prep School.


Photo:  Children from 20 different schools perform at Wellington School.

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Pupil wins National Championship Title

A Wellington pupil has won a National Championship title.

Ollie D’Rozario in Year 10, is now the U15 England Indoor Pentathlon Champion, having competed at the

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EIS in Sheffield. This follows his silver medal two weeks earlier in the Long Jump.

After the first event, the 60m Hurdles, Ollie was second by a hundredth of a second.

Through the succeeding four events, the Long Jump, the Shot, the High Jump and the 800m, he took the gold medal position and maintained it to the end.

This individual national athletics’ title follows Jack Turner’s U17 England Outdoor Octathlon title gained last year.

Wellington can now celebrate two reigning England athletics’ champions!


Photo: Ollie d’Rozario – U15 England Indoor Pentathlon Champion

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Cricket Girls are County Champions

Congratulations to our Under 15 girls indoor cricket team who are now County Champions!

They beat Castle School in the semi final and King Edwards School

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in the final at the County ground and will go on to represent Somerset at the South West Regional finals in April.

With strength in depth, the girls are all competitive and supportive of each other and made a fantastic team effort which is a credit to Wellington School.

The are coached by the ex Captain of the England Ladies’ Cricket team, Caroline Foster. Formerly Caroline Atkins, she made 17 Test appearances for England, and won 77 caps in limited-overs cricket.

She joins a range of elite cricket coaching stars in their pursuit of excellence in sport and well-being at Wellington School.

Their journey continues in this national competition!


Photo: County Champion Cricketers:

From left – Back Row:Flora Layard, Niamh Holland, Imogen Griffin, Grace Jeanes, Isabel Piper

Front Row – Alicia Scantlebury,Martha Cole, Olivia Churcher, Imogen Venner, Aysha Chaudhary-Dean

Foreground – Coach Caroline Foster

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Teacher Shoots to the World Championships

A Wellington School teacher has been selected to represent GB in a World Championship contest.

Matthew Charlton, who teacher Modern Foreign Languages, has been selected for

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the Great Britain Rifle Team for the World Long Range Rifle Championship in New Zealand in 2019. This will be Mr. Charlton’s eleventh tour and third World Championship with the Great Britain team, with whom he won the Gold Medal in 2007 (Ottawa) and 2011 (Brisbane).

The team World Championship match, the “Palma Match”, was first contested in 1867 in the USA and now features teams of sixteen firers and five wind readers and tacticians, who compete at distances of 800, 900 and 1000 yards, using .308 rifles with iron sights. Next year’s competition will be held at Trentham Ranges, close to Wellington in New Zealand.

Photo: Matthew Charlton – World Champion rifle shooter

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Reinforces Academic Position

Wellington School has proved once more that it is the strong academic force in the Taunton area.

Recently published Department for Education League tables name Wellington

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School as second amongst all schools and colleges in Somerset for progress. This relates to the progress made from GCSE to A Level results, reinforcing one of the strengths of Wellington School Sixth Form as a sound academic choice. It puts the School well above the national average and in the top 5% in the country for this measurement!

To support this, there have been a number recent academic successes; a team of mathematicians have been awarded coveted distinctions in the British Mathematical Olympiad – the most prestigious Mathematical event of the year. Only 300 pupils nationally achieve this award, so Tommy Law, Marco Leong and Jecky Zhang should be rightly proud of their achievements. They will be part of the team who will be competing in the National Final at Westminster this week.

We are also celebrating Oliver Rowe’s Cambridge success. Head Boy Oliver has been offered a place to study Classics at Cambridge, upholding a long tradition of Wellington School Oxbridge classicists.

In addition to the many offers from prestigious universities that our Sixth Formers are now getting, Anson Tang has been offered a place at the Royal Scottish Academy to study piano.

“We are delighted that so many of our Sixth Form are demonstrating their talent and versatility,” commented Headmaster Henry Price. “Pupils display their abilities in a range of areas, showing their individual independence and creativity. Anson is one of several pupils who will be applying to the conservatoires this year and we celebrate their success as well as those who choose a more conventional academic path. The league tables demonstrate how we are able to enhance the experiences of pupils in the Sixth Form, allowing them to reach their goals in whatever field that may be,” concluded Henry Price

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Forty members of the renowned Wellington School Chapel Choir collaborated with the Eton College Choir, at Evensong in the famous Eton Chapel. The fifty strong

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Eton Choir welcomed the Wellington Choir and after time spent rehearsing, they were treated to a tour of the College.

There is a special connection between Wellington School and Eton College. Their Director of Music, Tim Johnson was the original Assistant Director of Music at Wellington School under Director of Music, Andrew Trewhella here.  Also,  our piano and organ teacher John Young used to run the music at Eton’s Lower Chapel, whilst he was Director of Music at St George’s Prep School, Windsor. In addition, Headmaster, Henry Price attended Eton as a boy and was delighted to visit his alma mater once more with the choir.

With the Chapel full with 500 Eton pupils and both choirs, the sound was incredible and will live long in the memory of all those who took part.

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Pencils and brains were sharpened on Saturday as the Wellington School Maths Challenge once again attracted huge numbers of children. Over 160 students from 41

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primary schools took part in the Challenge and enjoyed the competitive spirit. The winner in this hotly contested competition was Blackbrook Primary School, whose team of 4 beat off all other contenders for the prize.

Now in its twenty second year, this annual event is aimed at children aged 10 or 11 from schools across Devon and Somerset. Schools are invited to enter a team of four pupils who work together to solve 25 questions in one hour. Their problem solving skills are put to the test with a range of tasks which are based on principles from across mathematics.

“We were delighted to see so many enthusiastic and talented mathematicians working together and pitting their wits against each other. This event has grown over the 22 years we have been running it and it is always good to see new schools joining in”, commented Peter Buckingham, Head of Maths at Wellington School. “These young mathematicians have impressed us all with their enthusiasm. They have successfully solved problems by working together and sharing their methods”.

The winners took home books, puzzles and the satisfaction of having risen to the challenge.

Second place was home team Wellington Prep School and in third place was Tatworth Primary School.

Special prizes for the first estimating task went to Combe St Nicholas Primary School, Wellington Prep School and North Petherton Primary School.

Photo: Winners Blackbrook Primary School with Headmaster Henry Price and Head of Maths, Peter Buckingham

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Welcomes The Duke Of Wellington

Wellington School welcomed an auspicious guest last week, when The Duke of Wellington popped in.

Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington, OBE, DL came

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to Wellington to view the National Trust owned Wellington Monument, which was designed to commemorate the 1st Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo.

The Duke toured the School with Headmaster Henry Price and discussed the upgrade of the School’s Duke’s Building, which was opened by his father, the 8th Duke in 1982.

The building will be completely re-developed to provide additional library facilities, study spaces and increased social areas for pupils and will add to the ongoing site development programme which has included the recently opened new All-Weather Pitch.

Photo: Wellington School Headmaster Henry Price with The Duke of Wellington

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Pupil in Athletics Triumph

A Wellington School pupil has triumphed in an England Athletics competition.

There was success for Jack Turner in Year 12 at his England debut at the

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English Schools home international indoor pentathlon that took place on Friday at the Emirates stadium in Glasgow.

Jack won silver at the home International in Glasgow at the weekend. This was Jack’s first international performance for the England team after winning the National championships back in September. He said “the day could not have gone better. My aim was always to get on the podium so I am very happy with my result. Training was going well, with my coach Kevin Skinner and I concentrating on the events that needed improvement, especially long jump after my knee injury at the beginning of the season. The end result was a massive 60 cm PB in long Jump which I was really pleased with. The indoor hurdles went without a hitch despite it being 60m instead of the 100m outdoor distance that I am used to and I achieved the second fastest time of the day. The whole day was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed my England team debut. My coach and my parents were there providing their support, for which I am always so very grateful. I will now have a short rest and straight into winter training and work on my shot put.”

As well as his individual performance winning him silver, his U17 boys England team also won silver. Along with the impressive P.B in long jump with a distance of 6.76m Jack gained 3 more P.B’s in 60m hurdles with a time of 8.29 sec, 200m 23.13 sec and 800m 2min 13. An overall points score of 3589.

Well done Jack! Superb performance.

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Pupils on Royal Duties

Wellington School pupil Lucy Hemming has been selected to be one of the Lord Lieutenant Cadets for Somerset this year. This prestigious award is given

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to six top cadets from all branches of the cadet world in Somerset, and Lucy will be supporting the current Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Anne Maw.

Lucy is the CCF Cadet, through her involvement in the Air Force cadets at Wellington School.

Lucy has already taken part in her first Royal Engagement – she met and accompanied HRH Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, together with the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, at her visit to the opening of Queen Camel School.

Lucy will be called on over the course of the coming year to assist the Lord-Lieutenant as required – often on parade for Royal visits – and act as ambassadors for their organisations and the young people of Somerset. When on duty, Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets wear a distinctive sash with the badge of their appointment to denote their role.

The office dates from the reign of Henry VIII, and the Lord-Lieutenant was originally responsible for the maintenance of order and for local defence.

The Cadets are chosen on their merits within the cadet force and also for their dedication and work within the local community.

Wellington has provided Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets over many consecutive years and Headmaster Henry Price commented, “I am absolutely delighted for Lucy. It is a great honour for her and a reflection of the highly regarded stature of our CCF. Lucy contributes enormously not only to our Combined Cadet Force but also to many other areas of school life.”

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Siblings in Modern Pentathlon Success

Wellington School pupils are steaming ahead in an unusual sporting discipline.

Siblings Jarvis and Mimi Lumb have taken up Modern Pentathlon with amazing success.

Congratulations to Jarvis

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in Year 10 who has won the U15 Yorkshire Modern Pentathlon with his unbeatable run, swim, shoot times. His sister Mimi, in Year 7 came a resounding third in the U13 Girls Yorkshire Modern Pentathlon. Well done both of them.

The Modern Pentathlon is really gaining momentum at Wellington School, with some superb coaches and expert tuition. Run by Lucy MacAlister, who captained the Oxford University Modern Pentathlon team, pupils have also benefitted from expert tuition of the Pentathlon GB international pentathlete Lydia Rosling who ran sessions introducing the laser shooting technique and simulating running and shooting in sequence. Pupils from Year 2 to Year 10 were also put through their paces on an Epee Fencing Day with GB team fencing coaches John Rees and Joseph Pearce. They worked on developing their skills from footwork to fleche depending on experience. This was done with a range of weapons from foam to plastic and full fencing kit and team and individual activities.

Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events; fencing (one-touch épée), swimming (200m freestyle), equestrian show jumping (15 jumps), and a final combined event, now referred to as the Laser-Run. The Laser-Run alternates four legs of laser pistol shooting followed by an 800m run (3200m in total). The event is inspired by the traditional pentathlon held during the ancient Olympics; as the original events were patterned on the skills needed by an ideal Greek soldier of the era, the modern pentathlon is similarly patterned on events representing the skills needed by cavalry behind enemy lines.

Well done Jarvis and Mimi – an outstanding achievement!

Photo: Jarvis Lumb

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A team of Wellington School Sixth Formers have won a French debate for the second time on the trot.

Having won the debate at Monmouth School

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in the summer, our team travelled to Taunton School to take part in the first of a series of modern language debates for independent schools in the area.

Arguing against video-surveillance and in favour of liberty and privacy, (in French!)  the Wellington team impressed the judges with the strength of their arguments and the quality and accuracy of their language and won their debate against a native speaker team from Taunton.

Wellington were judged the best overall, scoring 14 points out of 15, with Taunton and King’s second and third on 12 and 11 points respectively.

Congratulations to the team of Will Hammerton, Tom Blelloch and Elias Buckley-WIlson. Three other members – Simon Moody, Rowan Jobin and Kirsty Sadler put questions to the other teams. All did very well indeed.


Photo: The winning team of French speaking debaters – Ellias Buckley, Tom Blelloch, Will Hammerton

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A Wellington School pupil will represent Wales in a cycling discipline.

Evan Richards in Year 11 has been selected to represent Wales in the Inter Regional

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Cycle Track Championships in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

This event is considered the most prestigious track cycling event for youths on the British calendar.

Evan was part of a small team of four boys / four girls who were selected from across Wales. After two days of competing in sprint and endurance events, Team Wales put in a very strong consistent performance and won the overall National title. It is a great result at the end of a long season.

Well done Evan!

Photo: Evan Richards (left)

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Pupil is England Athletics Champ

A Wellington School Sixth Former will represent England in a variety of athletics disciplines.

Jack Turner in Year 12 won the English Schools Combined Events Championships

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in Boston, Lincolnshire.

He now holds the title of the U17 2017 Combined Events Champion as well as being ranked 2nd in the UK for U17 Octathlon, with an overall points score of 5207.

Jack is now on the England team and will take part in his first international competition at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on the 19th November.

Jack competed in 8 events over 2 days in harsh, cold conditions with rain and fog to contend with. The standard of the competition was very high with 1 Commonwealth Youth Champion and 1 World Youth Champion to contend with. Jack pulled out all the stops and despite still carrying a fractured bone from a knee injury back in April, he managed to complete all his events to a high standard.

Fabulous performance Jack, well done!

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