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

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Wellington School is delighted to announce the appointment of Eugene Du Toit as its next Head, replacing Henry Price who will move to Oakham School

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in September 2019 after five years of dedicated service.

Eugene, who has been Senior Deputy Head at Trinity School of John Whitgift, Croydon since 2014 has extensive strategic development experience, as well as an impressive academic and pastoral leadership background. He is married to Angela and they have two young daughters.

Anna Govey, Chair of Governors, states: “I am confident that we have found an ambitious leader with high personal standards and expectations, who will take Wellington School successfully into the future. Eugene showed enormous energy, passion for the possibilities that being part of the Wellington community will offer him, as well as an immediate affinity with our culture and ethos.”

Eugene is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and has an MA in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education, University of London. He is currently studying for his MBA in Educational Leadership (International), which he will complete next summer. Eugene began his teaching career at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg before moving to England and taking up a position at St Paul’s School, London as a teacher of Economics and Mathematics, Undermaster (Assistant Head), and Head of House.

Eugene comments, “It is an honour to have been invited to serve as the next Head of Wellington School – a happy, ambitious and successful community. I am committed to ensuring that Wellington continues to provide an outstanding all-round education, where academic excellence, co-curricular opportunities and personal development sit comfortably alongside one another and look forward to working with everyone within the Wellington community in shaping the School’s exciting future. My wife and I have been struck by the warmth of the relationships at Wellington, and we are looking forward to our family move to Somerset.”

Eugene is a keen sportsman having played representative rugby and has coached rugby, water polo and athletics. He has also travelled extensively, been a governor at two Prep Schools and swum the length of Lake Windermere, as well as a relay Channel swim!

“We are very much looking forward to working with Eugene to take Wellington onto the next chapter,” concludes Anna Govey.

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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 180 students from 45

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

Now in its twenty third 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 23 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 Creech St Michael School and in third place was West Hill Primary School.

Special prizes for the first estimating task went to Ruishton Primary School, Kentisbeare Primary School and home team Wellington Prep School.

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


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A Wellington School pupil has won a fabulous national award.

Ali Layard in Year 11 has won the ‘Outstanding Young Person Award’ at the National Air

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Ambulance Awards and was presented with his trophy by celebrity Richard Madeley.

The Great Western Air Ambulance nominated Ali after his heroic fundraising efforts on their behalf. 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. He was rescued by the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity who air-lifted him to Frenchay Hospital, where his journey to recovery began.

Despite being told he would not walk unaided again, Ali’s personal resilience and hard work has led to him becoming an outstanding cricketer. He plays for Wellington School 1st team and is part of the elite cricket programme, as well as playing for the Boys U15’s Somerset Cricket Squad. In addition, he is a proud member of the England Physical Disability Lions squad.

Ali ran the Bristol 10K to raise awareness and funds for the Air Ambulance, alongside his father Andrew, and Peter Sadler, the paramedic who was at his side during the rescue.

Ali’s mother Sophie commented, “Ali received a standing ovation from 350 industry seasoned pros (pilots, paramedics, doctors) who live and breathe trauma. Apparently, they very rarely feel compelled to raise to their feet – it was quite rather humbling for us parents!”

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The whole community at Wellington School remembered the sacrifices of the First World War.

Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 experienced activities illuminating aspects of

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the First World War to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the conflict. In Science there was a field hospital showing the difficulties facing soldiers and medical staff on the front and in Chemistry pupils learnt about Chemical Warfare. In English, pupils inscribed poppies with words of Remembrance and placed them in the Chapel. A trench was built in Great Hall and Sixth Form students read from letters sent home by soldiers and acted the tragic moments of going over the top. There were also activities in Languages and Maths looking at the life of French soldiers and the statistics around the number of deaths during the conflict. This was poignantly illustrated by an installation charting the number of dead each month during the war.

There were also a number of services in the Chapel to remember those from the School and the wider Wellington community who gave their lives for their country.

The School is honoured to have a registered war memorial in its possession. This post box was taken around the world with the North Somerset Yeomanry, as the official pennant and the men of the regiment used it to post letters home. After many years languishing in the regimental barracks at Jellalabad, it was bequeathed to the School, restored beautifully by school carpenter Jozef Szocs and has taken up residence in the Chapel.

Head of English, Kate Hodson has been researching the Old Wellingtonians who died in the First World War. She has compiled her findings into a fascinating book about the lives of these men and George Corner – the Headmaster at the time. He saw over 300 of his Old Boys enlist and fight on many fronts overseas and was as concerned for them as any parent would be. He maintained correspondence with them throughout the war and with news of casualties and deaths of 37 Old Boys, Corner experienced a personal grief. He had watched many of them grow from boys to men and to see so much lost potential was harrowing. It is this that motivated his determination to build a Memorial Chapel for those Old Boys who never came home.

Science teacher Stephanie Toase attended the people’s procession at the 2018 Armistice Parade in London at the Cenotaph on Sunday. She took a wreath containing the names of the 37 Old Wellingtonians who died during World War 1.

The weekend culminated in the Remembrance Parade from School to the War Memorial in town. Led by the Corps of Drums, the whole CCF Contingent led hundreds of followers to a poignant ceremony in the town park. Amid prayers, addresses and hymns, Year 10 trumpeter Dylan Leonard played the Last Post and the Corps of Drums led the parade back to school – narrowly missing a downpour.

It was a thought-provoking and fitting end to a weekend of Remembrance and respect for those who died for our freedom.


Photo: Wellington School Corp of Drums leads the Remembrance Parade



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Wellington School pupil Frank Zhang 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 Frank will be supporting the current Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Anne Maw.

Frank is the CCF Cadet, through his involvement in the Army cadets at Wellington School.

The award ceremony for this appointment, was held at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells and Frank 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 ambassador 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 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 Frank.  It is a great honour for him and a reflection of the highly regarded stature of our CCF. Frank contributes enormously not only to our Combined Cadet Force but also to many other areas of school life.”          

Photo: Cadet – Frank Zhang at his Award Ceremony pictured with Lt Col. Peter Galley, Commanding Officer of Wellington School CCF

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The rugby programme at Wellington School is moving from strength to strength with the addition of an England player.

Ben Moon, who plays for Exeter Chiefs,

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had his first run out with the winning England on Saturday in the exciting international match against South Africa.

Ben coaches the Wellington School 1st XV team and works with aspiring players throughout the School. In addition, coaches from the Bristol Bears are part of the line up of coaches who work with our players to provide skills training
Steffan Jones, Director of Sport commented, “we are honoured to have such consummate professionals amongst our coaches. We are committed to providing the very best training to all our sports people across all disciplines and we are pleased to be able to add Ben and the Bristol Bears coaches to that portfolio. Our rugby players are really enjoying the experience that comes with working to such high standards and the calibre of play is constantly developing and being enhanced.”

“We are delighted that Ben has won his first England Cap and congratulate him on his success”, concluded Steffan Jones.


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A Wellington School pupil has won a raft of coveted awards across several sports..

Olivia Churcher in Year 11 picked up the Devon Cricket U15 Girls

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player of the year award. Congratulations to Olivia, who also plays for Devon Rugby and was part of the Wellington School U16 Girls’ County Hockey winning side.  Olivia has also recently been selected to attend the U18 England Rugby Centre of Excellence.


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Congratulations to Wellington School groundsman Simon Cook, who has won a prestigious National Award. Simon, who has worked at the School for 3 years has

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won the SALTEX College Cup.

In an “Apprentice” style challenge held at the imposing NEC in Birmingham, Simon and his team were given a case study, which they had to review and present to a panel of experts.

Simon beat off all competition to win the coveted title, which also comes with £500 cheque and a trip to Wimbledon to help in the preparation of Wimbledon 2019.

In addition to making Wellington School grounds immaculate, Simon is also studying Sports Turf Management at Bridgewater and Taunton College.

Well done all Simon, a very well-deserved result!

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A pupil from Wellington School achieved a tremendous feat in an international arena.

Sixth Former Jack Turner competed in the European Athletics Championships in Hungary against

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outstanding international competitors. He competed in the U18 decathlon and finished Sixth overall, with a new British Record and seven huge personal bests. The decathlon involves the following events, and Jack performed outstandingly across the board:

100m 11.1 seconds (PB)

Long jump 6.99m (PB)

Shot 13.05m (PB)

High jump 1.94m equal

400m 50.67seconds (PB)

Hurdles 14.07 seconds (PB)

Discus 39.75m

Pole vault 3.70m (PB)

Javelin 52.22 (PB)

1500m 4mins 46 secs


Fabulous news Jack! Well done

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Athletes Win Medals in European Championship

Two members of staff and a pupil from Wellington School have achieved phenomenal success in a European Championships. Year 10 pupil Jarvis Lumb along with

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Head of Biology, Lucy MacAlister and Head of Economics Ed Grey competed at the European Biathle and Triathle Championships in Weiden, Germany: alongside over 400 competitors from over 10 countries in sweltering conditions. Over two days of superb multi sport action, the school representatives performed outstandingly, winning an array of medals between them.

U17 boys Triathle – Jarvis Lumb 10th

U17 mixed triathle relay – Jarvis Lumb bronze

Masters women’s Triathle – Lucy MacAlister – individual gold

Masters mens Triathle – Ed Grey – 6th, team gold

Masters women’s Biathle – Lucy MacAlister – individual silver, team gold


Well done all of you, a fantastic result!

Photo: L-R Head of Biology, Lucy MacAlister, Year 10 pupil Jarvis Lumb, Head of Economics Ed Grey

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Pupils Celebrate GCSE Success

Wellington School pupils have achieved an impressive 50% A*-A (grades 9-7) at GCSE with a remarkable 29% A* (grades 9-8) and almost half of the

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candidates gaining five or more A*-A (grades 9-7).

Headmaster, Henry Price, said, ‘This is a really pleasing set of GCSE results of which the pupils can be justifiably proud. Whilst the combination of letters and numbers for grades may be a little confusing this year, the headline figures are excellent with some outstanding individual performances from pupils. There has been much talk about the rigour of the new GCSEs, but whether our pupils have taken these or the equally rigorous IGCSEs, they have performed extremely well across a range of subjects.’

Nearly three quarters of results at Wellington scored A*-B (grades 9-6) across a curriculum that includes over 20 subjects from core subjects such as English, Mathematics and the Sciences, to six ancient or modern languages, as well as creative subjects such as Art, Music and Drama.

‘As well as congratulating the pupils for their efforts, I am very grateful to my staff across all departments for their dedication. Whilst we have some very able pupils, not everyone finds the GCSE process easy and the all-round support that staff give throughout the year is immeasurable not only in the classroom, but also on the pastoral side, cajoling or encouraging as required. Finally, I would like to thank all the parents who also soak up a lot of stress before and during the examination period – I hope that they will sleep better tonight.’

The Wellington School ethos embraces holistic education and believes that what pupils learn beyond the classroom will ultimately have as much value as what they have learned within it. The School will continue to provide and promote a broad and challenging co-curricular programme whilst also focusing on good pastoral care, with good mental and physical health at the heart of this.

“With our new study centre nearly completed, a greater focus on alternative pathways after school as well as our traditional strength in university applications, I believe that the School is well-placed for the years ahead. Strong GCSE and A Level results are the icing on the cake,” concludes Henry Price.

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Wellington School is celebrating another year of strong A Level results with 70% of grades being awarded A*-B and almost 40% awarded A*-A.

Headmaster, Henry Price

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commented, “at the end of two years of significant A Level reform, I am incredibly proud that our pupils continue to do so well in the most challenging range of A Level Subjects, as well as achieving significant success in the Extended Project Qualification and Global Perspectives.”

Outstanding individual performances by Wellington pupils included a remarkable 5 A* grades by Marco Leong and Freddie Renyard’s 3 A* grades as well as the top grades in his Extended Project and AS Greek. Nearly a quarter of the year group achieved at least three A*-A grades and almost half achieved at least one A*-A. In Mathematics, Modern Languages, Religious Studies, Music and Latin, well over 50% of grades attained A*-A, with Biology and English not far behind.

Henry Price continues, “there are so many different nuances to the challenges, successes and disappointments contained in any set of results, and all our pupils deserve praise for their efforts, I commend all the pupils for their hard work in our rigorous, facilitating subjects and would like to thank their teachers and their families for supporting them during the last few months in particular.”

Wellington School has recently opened a new Café on site and is completing a new Library and Study Centre for the new academic year. The new Study Centre will further support pupils’ learning at Wellington, particularly in the Sixth Form. In addition to longstanding strength in A Levels and university applications, they will also launching the Sport BTEC this year and putting an increased focus on careers and future steps, ensuring that various pathways after school are understood. The pastoral team will be enhanced by the appointment of a Mental Health Lead from November and academic study, co-curricular involvement and pastoral care continue to be the key pillars of a good Wellington education.

“We continue to celebrate academic achievement, but recognise that it must be set in the broader context of a rounded education. Alongside their efforts in the classroom, this Year 13 have been exceptional contributors to the co-curriculum and have enriched the School with their leadership, warmth and good humour. I have no doubt that they will continue to flourish in the future and I wish them all well with all that lies ahead,” concluded Henry Price.

Photo: High flying A Level students celebrate their success with Headmaster Henry Price

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School’s Headmaster Moves on to New Chapter

The Board of Governors of Wellington School has announced that its Headmaster, Mr Henry Price will be leaving the School at the end of the

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next academic year.

Henry Price, who became Headmaster at the leading independent school in 2014, will be joining the prestigious Oakham School in Rutland as Headmaster. Henry will be moving closer to family and has existing connections with the School.

Henry joined the School from Rugby where he was Head of Classics and a Senior Housemaster. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he has maintained the strong academic reputation of the School, whilst emphasising the importance of a rich co-curriculum and excellent pastoral care.

Wellington School’s Chair of Governors, Anna Govey, offered her congratulations to Henry, Mary and their family on this new challenge “it is testimony to the quality of his leadership, integrity and passion for education; we are delighted this has been recognised by Oakham School.”

Anna Govey continues, “over the coming months, the Board of Governors will conduct a thorough recruitment process and is confident of making an outstanding appointment to lead the School from September 2019. Wellington has an excellent reputation nationally and locally for the quality of its academic results, the breadth of opportunity beyond the classroom and its strong relationships across the School. We will undoubtedly attract a very strong field.”

“With more pupils on the school roll than in recent years, and a junior girls’ boarding house which opened last September, the school is in excellent heart. Mr Price has expanded the breadth and quality of provision at Wellington, whilst maintaining our grounded ethos and the School will continue to build on this in the years ahead.”

Founded in 1837, the Senior School provides boarding and day pupil education for over 600 boys and girls aged 11 to 18, with a further 200 in the Prep School. The School occupies a 35-acre site, in the heart of the Somerset.

Photo: Henry and Mary Price

Wellington School Independent Somerset Wellington School Athlete Heads for the European Championships

A Wellington School athlete is achieving astounding success and breaking records!

Decathlete Jack Turner competed in the England Champs (U18) decathlon. He won the event but

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more importantly he got the British Standard for the European Championships in Hungary on the 5-8th July. Team GB requires a massive 6900 points and Jack got 7034, knocking Daley Thompson into 3rd place in the all time rankings list and 1 point behind the British record of 7035!

Amazing performance Jack – we look forward to hearing the outcome of the GB selection!

Photo: Jack Turner – decathlete

Wellington School Independent Somerset England Ladies Cricket Team Play Wellington School

Wellington School welcomed the Ladies England Cricket team this week. The team came to school to play a T20 match against a mixed team of

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Wellington School pupils. England Captain Heather Knight and Wellington Captain Bobby Wincer shook hands after the toss and an immensely exciting game ensued. It was a good match and out pupils were delighted to have the opportunitiy to meet so many of their heroines. Thank you ladies! @Heatherknight55 , @ECB_cricket

Photo: England ladies captain Heather Knight and Wellington School captain Bobby Wincer shake hands

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