Wrekin College


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 278 (Boys) 178 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11-18 years
  • Founded: 1880

General Information

Wrekin has a strong academic record. We pride ourselves on stimulating intellectual curiosity, providing excellent and inspiring teaching, and making learning exciting. Our guiding principle is to help every child achieve the most they are capable of, prepare them for the competitive world they will enter, and give them a lasting sense of the pleasure and value of learning that will enrich their future. What happens on the sports pitch and in the music rooms, the theatre and the art studios is just as important in Wrekin life. The range and quality of activities available to every pupil at Wrekin is exceptional, especially for a school this size. Wonderful facilities and highly dedicated staff support pupils’ development and achievements in these areas.


New, purpose-built Business School,Music School, purpose-built and fully equipped theatre and specialised Art and Design Studios.

We have excellent facilities for rugby, soccer, hockey, netball, tennis, squash, athletics and cricket as well as a 25 metre, 6 lane, indoor swimming pool, floodlit Astro-turf, large sports centre, gym and Fives courts.

Extensive Saturday activities programme. Extra curricular activities include fencing, fives, squash, fitness training, basketball, sailing and canoeing as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Combined Cadet Force.

Both full boarding and flexi-boarding are available.

Entrance Requirements

11+: School examination in Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning. 13+: School Entrance Examination or Common Entrance. 16+: Current school report together with a minimum of six GCSEs, with Bs in subjects to be taken to AS or A2 Level. Entrance exams take place in November.


11+, 13+, 16+ : Academic, Art, Music, All Rounder. Occasional Sport scholarships. Some bursaries are available, please contact the school for details.

Open Days

For information about our open events or to arrange a personal visit please contact the Admissions Office tel: 01952 265603 or email: admissions@wrekincollege.com

2018. Open Day: Sat. 24th March.


2017/2018. Per term.

First and Second Forms: day fee - £4,810. Weekly boarding - £6,925. Full boarding: £8,810.

Third - Sixth Forms: day fee - £5,825. Weekly boarding - £8,215. Full boarding - £10,320.


ISI Inspection 2014

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Tim Firth

Wrekin College

[t]: 01952 265600
[f]: 01952 415068
[w]: www.wrekincollege.com

Location Description

104 acre campus, close to the market town of Wellington and with easy access to M54 at Junction 6. Excellent rail links.

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School News

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From 10am-1pm on 28 June, Wrekin Business School hosted an amazing event in collaboration with Enterprise Nation.

Small business community Enterprise Nation offered business advice, inspiration

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and networking to dozens of female entrpreneurs  as part of the She Means Business campaign with Facebook.

Delegates brought questions and heard other start-up stories, advice on how to grow and monetise their social media presence and made valuable contacts with like-minded people.

This event was part of the She Means Business campaign, an initiative to up-skill 10,000 women in business. Enterprise Nation and Facebook are running a series of nationwide events to inspire creativity, empower confidence and educate on how to best utilise Facebook and Instagram to grow business.

Andy Hurd, Director of the Wrekin College Business School, said they were delighted the facility had been chosen to host the event. “When we first talked about building a business school it was always the aim for it to bring the school and business communities closer together and for pupils to see it actively used by industry leaders for a variety of uses and not just for studies,” he added. “It is wonderful to see it open its doors to business women from across the region as part of a national campaign aimed at supporting female entrepreneurs. “I am sure in doing so it will also inspire our pupils, particularly the girls, to make more of those links outside the classroom and to feel more at ease as they prepare for the world of work.”

Speakers included:

Alison Battisby founded Avocado Social, having worked in the social media marketing industry since 2008. Alison is a Facebook She Means Business certified trainer and has been involved in some groundbreaking social media projects for brands including Nokia, Tesco and Pringles as well as a range of UK start-ups and growing enterprises.

Please click here to read the Shropshire Live article about the day.

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On 17 and 18 June we were delighted to host Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY – this

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is such an important cause and one we will help at any opportunity – CRY for Matthew are raising funds to screen young people in Cheshire and Shropshire for heart defects, especially those that are participating in competitive sport.

Sue Dewhirst said:

‘Many thanks to everyone at Wrekin College for making Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY so welcome over the weekend.


‘Parents supplied a lovely spread of cakes. Total donations amounted to £806.54, which is sufficient to screen another 16 hearts.

‘This weekend’s screening was funded by the Lady Forrester fund and next year they have given £1500 towards the screening dates in May, so we still need to find over £5000 from fundraising for this to happen.

‘Many parents asked for information about future dates and they can register to be told when there is screening coming to their area by visiting: http://c-r-y.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bb9eea4e8db4652e04e295506&id=007655e445

‘Many thanks again for all of your help and enthusiasm for what we are trying to achieve.’

We look forward to welcoming Sue and CRY back in 2018. In 2012 Sue’s son Matthew Dewhirst died from an undiagnosed heart defect, to learn more about her work with CRY, please visit www.cry-for-matthew.org.uk


Well done to the prize winners in the Wrekin College Young Musician of The Year 2016:

Wrekin College has crowned flautist Emily Burton as its Young

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Musician of the Year.

This inaugural competition saw pupils of all musical abilities participate in one of 5 preliminary rounds. These were held in the following disciplines Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Piano and Voice.  To encourage as many as possible to enter there were 3 categories in each section ‘Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced’. The winners of the Elementary and intermediate categories received prizes in Chapel and the winner of the Advanced category in each heat  then went on to compete in the Grand Final. This was held in the Centenary Theatre at Wrekin College on May 12th.

Judged by internationally-renowned oboist, Anthony Robson, the standard from all seven finalists was first class with Emily, aged only 12, just coming out on top with her performance of Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Emily is currently in Lancaster house and as well as being an outstanding Flautist (she currently plays for the National Children’s Orchestra) she also plays Violin, Piano and Cello! Emily will be presented with her cup on Speech Day!

In second place was Trombonist Mark Nicholls. Mark is in the Upper Sixth and a member of Bayley house where he is Head of House. In addition to this Mark is the leader of the College Jazz Band, a member of the Concert Band and also sings Bass in the Chapel Choir, he leaves the College this year and hopes to study Veterinary Science.

In third place was international student Atahan Camlibell. Atahan who joins us from Turkey is currently in the fourth form, and has recently gained a distinction in his grade 8 ABRSM piano exam. As well as being a fine pianist Atahan is also learning to play the Organ and is also learning Orchestral percussion.

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Wrekin pupils are preparing for an exciting adventure when they experience life in another school during the summer holidays

The Wrekin Exchange Programme has been

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an extremely successful one over many years offering Wrekinians the opportunity to spend their summer holidays at schools in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The following pupils have been chosen to participate in the International Exchange Programme during the summer.

Freya Rooke-Moore Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne
Jake Thorpe Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne
Holly Townson Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
Jessica Winterton Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
Tom MacKay Hilton College, Pietermaritzburg
Owen Parton Selborne College, East London
Hannah Blakstad Clarendon Girls School, East London
Elysse Lloyd Clarendon Girls School, East London
Reid Morgan Rondebosch Boys School, Cape Town
Emily Bright Marsden Girls’ School, Wellington, New Zealand
Olivia Nicoll Marsden Girls’  School, Wellington, New Zealand

We were delighted to once again host The Doctor McClure Memorial Fund Award Open Music Competition.

This year’s competition was held on Tuesday 8 March, and

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the range of music was wonderful to hear, the Chairman Dr R H McClure and Adjudicator Mr Jonathon Wynsome were wowed by the accomplishment of the twenty-three musicians – twelve pupils from Wrekin College and eleven from Abraham Darby Academy – who played a diverse selection of works from Moondance by Van Morrison and Après un rêve by Gabriel Fauré through to Rutter’s Suite Antique Rondo.

Our congratulations go to this year’s winner Saxophonist Sasha Usman who played Ballade for Saxophone and Piano – a smooth jazz ballad style piece with melodic lines by Keri Degg, Sasha has previously won the Junior McClure Competition and to Tom Hall from Abraham Darby Academy who took second prize with his rendition of the uplifting Zimba Zamba for Marimba by Goff Richards.

A great effort by all involved!

The Governors are pleased to announce that Tim Firth, currently Senior Deputy Head of Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex, will succeed Dr Haydn Griffiths as Headmaster

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of Wrekin College from September 2016.

Tim Firth was educated at Stockport Grammar School. He studied English Literature at Sheffield University and completed his PGCE at Oxford University being awarded a Blue for cricket. He started teaching English at Bedford School, where he was also a resident boarding house tutor, before moving to The Leys School in  Cambridge where he also took charge of the cricket.  He was promoted to be Head of English at The King’s School, Ely and is now the Senior Deputy Head at Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex having previously run the Sixth Form and been Acting Headmaster for a short period there.

Tim is a keen sportsman, with a particular interest in cricket, and also enjoys writing poetry. His wife, Jane, had a career in Human Resources working for, among others, Arthur Andersen and now teaches in the Learning Support Department at Hurst. They have three children: Michael is at Durham University studying Theology and Religion, Edward is Head Boy at Hurst and Lydia is in Year 7.

Anthony Francis-Jones, our own horse riding physics teacher, has just been presented with an Access Award from the British Horse Society for promoting and creating

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new green routes in the Telford area.

Anthony said, “I was astounded when I was nominated for an Access Award for work done in creating improved equestrian access in and around Telford and Wrekin. It is usually a thankless task and this has really made it all worthwhile! Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can all benefit from the work that has been done and I hope to develop more routes with Telford and Wrekin Council in the future.”

Anthony was presented with the award by Martin Clunes, President of the British Horse Society at a prestigious ceremony at Saddlers’ Hall in London and described it as his proudest moment of the year!

At St James’s Palace, London, five Old Wrekinians – Yordan Dimitrov, Emily Wright, Rhydian Windsor, Louis Doran and Matt Giles were presented with their Gold

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award certificates by Katie Melua in the presence of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Well done everyone – what a great achievement!

Sixth Former, Georgie Hockenhull travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan to compete in the first European Games on 10 June.

This inauguaral multi-sport Games involved 20 different

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sports, 6000 athletes and 50 nations. There were approximately 150 athletes representing Team GB and Georgie was one of three artistic gymnasts in the GB team. Team qualifications for bars and vault were on Sunday 14 June and beam and floor Monday 15 June. Team GB finished in eighth position overall.

The top scorer from each team went through to the individual all around competition and the top six highest scorers for each individual piece qualify for the individual apparatus finals. Georgie qualified for the beam final along with five gymnasts from Russia, Romania, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. A great achievement to have qualified for the beam final, adding to her already considerable experience and success.

Over May Bank holiday weekend, Wrekin College fourth former Joe Lee attended Halton training camp selection weekend for the 2016 Army Cadet Exercise Kwa Zulu

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expedition to Natal, South Africa. We are delighted that he was selected and will return to Halton in the first week of Autumn half-term break for pre-expedition training. Final training camp will be in the last week of the Lent term 2016. As part of the expedition Joe will take part in the Zulu Trail trek.

The Zulu Trail involves tough trekking at a low altitudes. Local guides will be used to lead teh group along a largely unmapped network of paths and trails retracing the approach used by Lord Chelmsford during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1878. The route will start at Zingela and travel via Rorke’s Drift before arriving at Isandlwana. This trail will be the first of its kind in South Africa and will be arranged with assistance from Open Africa, a South African organisation which is tasked with improving the relationships between the different cultural groups that make up the South African population.

We look forward to hearing more about Joe’s travels soon.

Each academic year overseas students join us at Wrekin College to experience English school-life for a term. This year we are privileged to host twelve

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students from a range of nations including Spain, Russia, Germany, South Africa and Australia. One of our current students, Jorge Galardi, pictured driving the train, writes of his time here at Wrekin.

‘Some might find coming for a term to a school hard in two ways – settling down with subjects and teachers and getting on with people. For me this has not been hard at all. As Wrekin has lots of international students, other pupils here have been through the same experience so everyone receives you very nicely.

My experience here is of it being perfect, the school is very good has many facilities and the most important thing is the staff and pupils are really kind. I am having a great experience.

What really makes Wrekin College special for me is the sports facilities. For people who really like sport this is a really sporty school, whether you are good or not you have a team and you train four days a week.’

Whilst our permanent students sit exams in May, these overseas students take part in an interesting and varied programme of outings, which this year have included fun days out to Attingham Park, Chirk Castle and Chester. A trip to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 18th May, and a visit to Wroxeter Roman Village on 20th May.

On 22nd May the students visited Blists Hill Victorian Town followed by a visit to the historic Shropshire town of Ironbridge. At Blists Hill the students posed for a picture with a locomotive named after Sir Peter Gadsden (b1929 – d2006) a former pupil and Head Boy at Wrekin College. Sir Peter had a distinguished career and held positions as Sheriff of London, Alderman of the City of London and then 652nd Lord Mayor of London, he was formerly Chair of Wrekin College Governors.

On Wednesday 25th of March at St James’s Palace, London, five Old Wrekinians – Yordan Dimitrov, Emily Wright, Rhydian Windsor, Louis Doran and Matt Giles

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were presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award certificates by Katie Melua in the presence of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Well done everyone – what a great achievement!

Against stiff competition, a group of four Second Form girls came first in the Salters’ Chemistry event at Birmingham University on 23 April. Wrekin College

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came third in 2013 – this year’s result is a great illustration of how the school is going from strength-to-strength in science. The girls were a credit to themselves and the school.

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters’ Institute. Their objective is to help promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young. Since 2005 the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry have been in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Festivals are one-day fun events held at universities throughout the UK and Ireland. They begin in late March and run through to mid June. Salters’ Festivals provide the opportunity for enthusiastic young students to spend a day in a university department and to take part in practical chemistry activities which are fun! Prizes are awarded to the winning teams and all students receive participation certificates and fun prizes.

During the last 14 years over 35,300 students have experienced the fun of practical chemistry through the Salters’ Festivals and sponsorship in support of the Festivals has been raised from over fifty companies.

Congratulations to Georgia Thompson, Kate Grimsdale, Philippa Maddocks and Vani Mahajan, well done everyone!

At the very end of the Lent term the Wrekin College girls’ cross country team completed an extraordinarily successful season by winning the East Midlands

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Independent Schools’ Cross Country League by 112 points, ahead of the runners-up Bromsgrove School. The league consists of a series of five races held at various venues across the Midlands with 14 top schools competing for the prestigious title.

In showing their dominance, Wrekin won all five league races, beating much larger schools with a fiercely competitive cross country history and for the first time put Wrekin College on the winner’s trophy alongside the last 10 year’s dominant winners: Oundle School, Uppingham School and Stamford School.

In addition to this, the team captain, Dani Rowlinson, won the individual silver medal with Lizzie Benbow coming fourth overall, closely followed by sister, Georgie Benbow in fifth place, Tess Sanders in sixth and Sophia Malpass in seventh. Furthermore, the Wrekin reserves won the B team event, overall an outstanding achievement for the squad.

East Midlands Independent Schools’ Cross Country league table:

1. Wrekin College 72 points

2. Bromsgrove School 184 points

3. Stamford School 193 points

4. Oundle School 215 points

5. Uppingham School 243 points

6. Wrekin College ‘B’ 250 points

7. Wellingborough School 256 points

8. Welbeck College 317 points

9. Rugby School 340 points

10. Uppingham School ‘B’ 570 points

The girls’ squad: Dani Rowlinson (captain), Georgie Benbow, Lizzie Benbow, Hannah Blakstad, Emily Jones, Sophia Malpass, Tess Sanders, Georgia Shepherd, Phoebe Smith, Janina Spaeth

A number of Wrekin pupils are preparing for an exciting adventure when they experience life in another school, in most cases, across the globe. .


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following pupils have been chosen to participate in the International Exchange Programme during the summer.

Sasha Usman Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne
Richard Thomas Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne
Lucy Asson Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
Phoebe Smith Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
Harry Perkins Hilton College, Pietermaritzburg
Will Pearson Selborne College, East London
Hattie Smailes Clarendon Girls School, East London
Hollie Winterton Clarendon Girls School, East London
Ed Udale Rondebosch Boys School, Cape Town
Sophie Blakstad Marsden Girls School, Wellington, New Zealand

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