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.
Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form
Type: Day, Day & Boarding
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Roll: 440 Boys / 360 Girls
Age Range: 3-18 Years
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.
School Contact Details
Headteacher: Mr Eugene du Toit, MA, MBA
Contact for enquiries:Rachel Debenham, Registrar
South Street, Wellington, Somerset
Tel: 01823 668800
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 Schools 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.
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.
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.
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.
All visits are welcome, please contact the school
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GCSE Results Received by Wellington...
Wellington School students received their GCSE results today. In a rare social gathering, Year 11 met up (appropriately socially distanced) for the first time since March, to celebrate their results. Headmaster Eugene du Toit commented, “We are proud of the achievements of our Year 11 students and commend them on their resilience during the summer...Read more
Proud of Class of 2020...
Wellington School’s Class of 2020 will be remembered for their resilience, courage and determination in dealing with the challenges of COVID-19. Not being able to complete their final year of education together saw students unable to write their final examinations and created huge uncertainty and anxiety for them and their parents. Headmaster Eugene du Toit...Read more
Welcome back to all children...
Wellington Prep School is to open its doors to children in all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6, before the end of the summer term. On Monday 1 June the Prep School re-opened to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, using the detailed Coronavirus guidance from the Department for Education. Following...Read more
New Charter to create Safe...
Wellington School is placing the safety of its pupils and staff at the forefront of planning to open the School to more students in the future by adopting a new initiative by the Boarding Schools Association. The Covid-Safe Charter is a commitment to go beyond statutory requirements as a way of ensuring that boarding houses...Read more
Remote Learning Programme in Full...
The new term started today at Wellington School and, as much as is possible during these remarkable times, it was very much “business as usual” for pupils and staff. Wellington’s Remote Learning Programme is off to a flying start and pupils were at their desks in a virtual tutor meeting, watching Headmaster Eugene du Tout...Read more
Committed to Supporting the Community...
2nd April. Wellington School remains committed to supporting the local community wherever possible. One of the boarding houses – The Grange, which has en-suite accommodation, will be used by medical staff from Musgrove Park hospital who need to be isolated from their families whilst on duty. Our cleaning staff have deep cleansed and will continue...Read more
Athlete Leaps to Glory –...
A Wellington School pupil has triumphed on the athletics field. It was an amazing effort from Ollie in Year 11 who became the Midland and South West Counties Champion at the U17 Men’s Indoor Heptathlon in Sheffield. In an exciting competition, Ollie recorded four personal bests in the 60m, the shot putt, the pole...Read more
New Head Appointed for Wellington...
The Chair of Wellington School Governors, Anna Govey, announced today that the next Head of Wellington Prep School will be Mrs Victoria Richardson. Mrs Richardson, who is currently Head of the Lower School, Years 7 and 8, at Wellington School will take up her new post from 1st September 2020. After obtaining a degree in...Read more
Headmaster Moves on to New...
Wellington Prep School’s Headmaster has announced he will be leaving the School at the end of this academic year, after ten years. Adam Gibson was educated at Wellington School and returned to lead the Prep School in September 2010. He has announced that he is to leave Wellington at the end of the summer term...Read more
Pupil selected for U19 World...
A Wellington School boy has been selected to play Cricket in the World Cup! Sixth Former Liam Naylor is one of only 15 players selected to represent Scotland in the prestigious U19s Cricket World Cup 2020. Liam will travel to Dubai in January for a training camp with his squad of only 15, before going...Read more
20 Year Celebration with Sausage...
Wellington Prep School reception children enjoyed an al fresco sausage-making masterclass and Sausage sizzle BBQ at their purpose-built Forest School by award-winning sausage aficionado, Chris Potter of Tim Potter Family Butchers. The ‘Sausage Sizzle’ event was part of a year-long celebration of twenty years of Wellington Prep School, with the launch of a special celebratory...Read more
Celebrating 100 Years of Rugby...
Over 300 members of the Wellington School community gathered for a glittering evening of celebration, commemorating 100 years of rugby at Wellington School, with Rugby legend Jason Leonard. In a gloriously decorated hall, the audience of parents, pupils, staff and Old Wellingtonians enjoyed a sumptuous 4 course dinner of World Cup themed food. Guest speaker...Read more
Wellington School Pupils Celebrate GCSE...
Wellington School pupils are celebrating another impressive set of GCSE results with almost half of all grades being awarded at...Read more
Wellington School Celebrates A Level...
Wellington School is celebrating another strong set of A Level results with 36% of grades being awarded at the top...Read more
Wellington School Pupils Triumph in...
Two teams from Wellington School took part in the gruelling Ten Tors event on Dartmoor. The team taking part in...Read more
Wellington School Pupils Selected for...
Cricket for girls at Wellington School is going from strength to strength with county selection for 3 girls and one...Read more
Wellington School Pupils Heads for...
One of the youngest members of Wellington School's Equestrian team has made her dream come true and qualified for the...Read more
Oxbridge Beckons for Wellington School...
Three pupils from Wellington School have received Oxbridge offers this year. Tim Kilbey and Angus Hunter have both had offers...Read more