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By top English public school standards Wellington, which opened in 1859, is an upstart newbie. It was built as a monument to the first Duke of Wellington (the vanquisher of Bonaparte) by a grateful nation. The Mandarin Centre - complete with gold Chinese dragons, lake, bridge and traditional gateway - comes as a bit of a surprise. Quads - especially the Combermere with terrific central huge bronze of The Iron Duke's horse, Copenhagen - are simply stunning. 'If I stayed here for twice as many years, I still wouldn't get round to trying everything,' is a cry we heard over and over...

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What the school says...

Wellington College, founded in 1853, is arguably the UK’s leading coeducational boarding and day school. Our pupils develop a unique identity inspired by intellectual curiosity, true independence, a generous and far-reaching inclusivity and the courage to be properly and unselfishly individual. Wellington’s commitment to a properly holistic education ensures the College is celebrated for its achievements both in and out of the classroom: in particular its sporting, artistic and dramatic provision are second to none. Most importantly of all we want all our pupils to understand that serving and caring for others brings the highest rewards in life and the greatest likelihood of long term happiness and fulfilment.

Stellar examination results, outstanding provision across all co-curricular areas, a raft of national accolades, and an exclusively ‘excellent’ 2014 ISI inspection report all contribute to the College's national and international reputation.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

School associations

Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.

Sports

Polo

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Master

Since 2015, Julian Thomas BSc MBA FRSA (apparently 50s, though looks about 27). Read computer science at King’s College, London - not a common headmagisterial start. After launching into banking, light dawned and he took a Cambridge PGCE, winning a half-blue in rugby league. Taught maths at St Dunstan’s College and Forest School, co-authoring several text books. Thence, as director of studies, to Portsmouth Grammar and on to Hampton School as second master for four years during which he took an MBA in educational leadership (international). Prior to Wellington, was head of Caterham School for eight years doing great things. Engagingly, he tweets as @Welly_Master.

Instantly likeable. Relaxed, open, friendly and clearly capable, Mr Thomas relishes everything about the college and his centrality to it. Taking over a school so publicly...

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Special Education Needs

In exceptional cases, the Head of Educational Support and two visiting teachers offer support off-timetable. Assessment for suitability to Wellington College for those who have specific learning difficulties is offered at the end of year 6 before pre-testing. This is usually a visit to the prep school by the Head of Educational Support or a visit to Wellington College by the pupil. The purpose of the school visits is: to see the child in their natural environment; to assess them; to talk to staff; and to look at school reports /educational psychologists reports etc. Every effort is made to ensure that the pupil is assessed to be sure that they will go on to the correct learning environment. Pupils are expected to be independent learners and to have received study skills support by the time that they are in year 8. Pupils who are still having one-to-one lessons focusing on literacy skills may find accessing our curriculum difficult. The tutoring and grading system throughout our school is excellent at supporting the pupil; as is our target setting and the focus on learning style preferences and on multiple intelligences and learning.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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