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One former boarder with children now at the school said: ‘Many of the positives from my time at Wellington were still evident … The school still had the same welcoming feeling that I remembered so well … The teachers at Wellington gave [my daughter] the confidence to believe in herself.' Affectionately known has Hogwarts by pupils because of its three turreted buildings and small spiral staircases, stained glass windows and mahogany panelling...

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Wellington School enjoys a warm, friendly, family atmosphere and prides itself on realising the full potential of every child in the school. There is a highly effective guidance system for pupils of all ages, with a comprehensive careers programme including work experience in the senior school.

In addition to the excellent academic record, the school offers a very wide range of extracurricular activities. There are many tours and trips including regular pupil exchanges overseas, and the school was given the British Council International Schools Award in 2010. Music, Art and Drama are particular strengths, with 75% of pupils learning a musical instrument and participating in choirs, bands and orchestras. Each year performances include nursery, infant and junior shows plus a senior musical, and the annual Art Exhibition showcases over 800 works. Sporting tradition is supported by the extensive facilities at Doonside including rugby and hockey pitches, cricket squares, Astroturf pitch and pavilion.
Wellington has an impressive record in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and community service.

A new Outdoor Nursery was opened at Doonside in 2011.
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Since 2015, Simon Johnson, previously assistant rector at Dollar Academy, head of department at Mary Erskine and teacher at Fettes. Proud to have ‘always been a teacher’, is a mathematician by trade, with degree in the subject from Cambridge and PGCE from Moray House College in Edinburgh.

Softly spoken, intelligent and unassumingly witty (this editor thought Nigel Slater-esque in tone), one couldn’t imagine Mr Johnson raising his voice (though we’re sure he must find occasion to). Praised by parents as a ‘quiet, robust head of the helm’ and hands-on head that ‘is a regular presence as the head of the cheering squad at team matches, school plays and events that the pupils participate in.’

General consensus is that pupils are benefiting from his advice. One parent...

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