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For a school that sits slightly off the beaten track, one hour southwest of Glasgow, Wellington has some impressive international credentials. Granted International School Status by the British Council, its strong international links are visible in the extracurricular activities. The school has a slightly worn, well-loved feel about it. You can see the marks of decades’ worth of little hands swinging around the stair bannisters, and the dining room feels a bit like going for lunch in your granny’s front room – in a good way (and the food choice is great, as well as healthy and plentiful)...

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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 MA PGCE. Studied maths at Cambridge before PGCE at Moray House in Edinburgh. Taught first at Fettes, then became head of maths at Mary Erskine before assistant rector at Dollar. A world away from the big, booming, gold cufflink sort of head we sometimes see, he is quietly in command, with self-deprecating humour. You get the clear impression he thinks deeply about his job and cares about both staff and pupils.

‘We’re the only private school in Ayrshire and we see ourselves as being very much part of the community,’ he told us, adding – not without pride – that ‘we’ve avoided going into huge debt to build fancy facilities, but instead focus on the quality of our teaching’. Parents approve: ‘An incredibly clever man’, ‘Always has...

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