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.


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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 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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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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Wellington School has been selected by The Cricketer Magazine as one of the top 100 cricket schools in the country. This is the 3rd year

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in a row that we have made it onto their prestigious list.

This is due to the outstanding performance of our many cricketers. This season, 20 pupils have been selected to represent various counties at cricket and been called onto regional or national programmes;

Daisy Jeanes has been selected for Somerset U19 Girls’ & Somerset Women.

Somerset County squad players are Atticus Adams, Jacob Huntley, Thomas Gendall, James Matravers, Callum Kinnear, Mackenzie O’Dea, Rishi Shimpi, Dhruv Parashar, Rujul Singh, Josh Alford, Sam Toohey, Martha Cole, Freddie Stevens and Alisa Scantlebury

Will Moore has been selected to represent Wales, Ed Butler has been selected for Devon and Niamh Holland has been selected for Somerset U17, U19 and the  Somerset Emerging Players Programme.

Olivia Churcher has been selected to represent Devon U17, U19 and the Senior Women and also the South West Regional Development Centre Programme

Finally, Ali Layard, who suffered serious injuries when his legs were caught in the propeller of a boat, has been selected for Somerset and the England Disability Lions.

The School has a fantastic cricket programme, with exceptional coaches. They run Somerset Girl’s Winter District training programme and have nine boys’ cricket teams and two girls’ teams as well as development squads.

With specific fast-bowling camps, the School attracts players from around the world.

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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

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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

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