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  • Wellington School
    Carleton Turrets
    Craigweil Road
    KA7 2XH
  • Head: Mr S Johnson
  • T 01292 269321
  • F 01292 272161
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: South Ayrshire
  • Pupils: 441
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £6,150 - £12,060 pa
  • Open days: November (Senior School); May (Junior School)
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Smashing useful local school for Ayrshire, if limited in facilities by its site – sports/dining/assembly hall needed, a redundant church would be nice. No feel that it is still a girls' school with boys tacked on – it is properly co-ed throughout. Strongly middle class, parents (and grandparents) who may have gone to more trad schools elsewhere hold The Wellie in high regard; fair number of...

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What the school says...

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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Simon Johnson MA (Cantab) PGCE, previously assistant rector at Dollar Academy. Maths degree from Cambridge and PGCE from Moray House College in Edinburgh. Has taught at Fettes and Mary Erskine as well as Dollar. An experienced outdoor educator, he enjoys hill walking, climbing and skiing as well as running and golf. He is also an accomplished pianist with a passion for Bach and Brahms.

Academic matters

Max 18 per class in primary, with slight expansion in size at age 10 and 11; two parallel classes throughout the prep and pre-prep; set from senior school with max class size of 20 (three or four classes per year group). Numbers capped 'naturally' – by building and room size. School working on 'sixth year experience'; though most stay on after Highers anyway. (Plans afoot and dosh apparently...

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