Wellington College, UK

Wellington College is a pioneering co-educational institution, which is driven by the need to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and character to fulfil their potential and help shape and serve the ever changing world in which they live.

History and Heritage

The Duke of Wellington was one of the leading British military and political figures of the 19th century. The Duke was most famous for defeating Napoleon at Waterloo and he served twice as the UK’s Prime Minister. Wellington College, Crowthorne was founded under Royal Charter from Queen Victoria, as a national memorial to this Great Duke following his death in 1852.

Once built Wellington College was opened in 1859 as a boy’s boarding school for the education of orphans of the British armed forces but has now expanded to become one of the nation’s co-educational boarding schools.

The current school

Under the direction of the 13th Master, Dr Anthony Seldon (2006-2015), the College acquired an admirable reputation for its approach to education, underpinning an academic foundation with innovative ways of developing the emotional, physical and spiritual sides of its pupils. This has continued ever since, now under the leadership of the 15th Master, James Dahl.

Every year, around 260 new pupils join Wellington at a number of different stages and from 2025, our student cohort aims to be a balance of 50% boys and 50% girls.

The  original Wellington College buildings were constructed over 150 years ago in 400 acres of parkland which now sit alongside newer arts, science, technology, boarding and other facilities. The school has all the facilities you would expect to see in a top-quality school, including a wide variety of sports facilities which include

  • two floodlit AstroTurf pitches
  • four indoor purpose-built Cricket lanes and two Tennis/Netball courts
  • 11 Rugby pitches,  7 Football pitches
  • swimming pool, gym, spin studio, dance studio, Basketball courts, badminton courts, indoor hockey pitch
  • 22 hard Tennis courts, 9 grass Cricket pitches, 14 Grass Cricket Nets and 12 Artificial Cricket Nets

School Structure & Curriculum

At the heart of the College’s educational philosophy is a commitment to intellectual development and the highest academic standards. We aim to build and retain a love of learning throughout the College uninterrupted by the presence of external assessment.

The College’s curriculum equips pupils to think, and we believe in providing a curriculum that is logical, robust, and organised by learning, not assessment. The curriculum is flexible enough to allow each pupil to plot their academic path through the College, with all pupils expected to excel.