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It does not have the rolling acres of some prep schools but everything is immaculate and every inch of the grounds is used – there is plenty of room for den-making, a pond, vegetable plots and even some igloos when it snows. The playing fields are divided by an elegant avenue of trees which has been colonised by a group of noisy, bright green parrots. Old Welleslians often end up sharing flats together and there are usually a couple of Wellesley weddings announced in the school magazine. They will find a teacher for any instrument – one child is currently learning the harp...

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What the school says...

Wellesley House aims to open up a world of possibilities for each child. Renowned for academic excellence, Wellesley has particular success helping its pupils to win scholarship places. However, children open up more than just books here. Art, music and drama are central to school life, while an impressive range of sport, from riding to sailing, provides an outlet for every talent. A caring ethos and broad curriculum ensures pupils are nurtured as part of a happy family where friendships last a lifetime and the next step is always in the right direction. ...Read more

What the parents say...

Wellesley House, is a very dynamic, superbly run school, it has transformed my son in his first term into himself, wanting to learn, excited by maths french chess and english; without any prompting. He is engaged in football cricket rugby and golf, brining home boundless enthusiasm. Why is this? Probably because the staff (everyone in I might say every capacity), are like a family, not chopping or changing, in a wonderful place that brings an infectious happiness to the pupils and parents. This is part I believe due to a professionalism, which is respected by all and delivers a large variety of possible outcomes, sporting, academic, musical, dramatic, practical and scientific which caters very well for the developing pupils giving them a broad spectrum, which will serve them very well throughout life, no matter what may happen to them in life. A very impressive school.

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Since September 2017 Gavin Franklin, previously a housemaster at Wellington College. Sport degree from Durham; represented British Universities at cricket and went on to play for Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Spent five years at the Oval, as performance manager in charge of elite player development, becoming a level 4 cricket coach, before moving to Wellington as assistant director of sport and English teacher. His wife Claire is also a Durham graduate and a teacher with an interest in sport; they have two young sons.


Children can join at any time from 7 upwards – many from local day schools join at this age, with major intakes in years 5 and 6 particularly for boarders. Very occasionally children join for the last year but it can be difficult getting up to speed for common entrance. Girls’ boarding...

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Special Education Needs

We have a fully qualified SENCo who is a full time member of staff and who has 30 years experience of working with a wide range of Special Needs. We have a specialist SEN room fully equipped with the latest computer technology and teaching resources. The SENCo works closely with all members of staff to ensure full access to the curriculum for each child in the school. SEN teaching takes place during the normal school day and can take the form of one to one withdrawal, small group teaching or in-class support. Wellesley is able to make provision for a range of moderate learning difficulties and can offer both academic and pastoral support. For a full account of our SEN policy, please contact the School. We will be only too willing to discuss Special Needs with you.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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