After their first visit to Wellington, there are three things people often say to us - how distinctive the school is, how pioneering we are and yet also how traditional we are in all the best ways. Imagine, then, how transformative that environment is for the children who study and grow into adults here.
Everyone is profoundly changed by the unique experience of being at Wellington and we only have five years to make a difference to each pupil. Every experience needs to mean something, and be part of a wider whole which serves as a framework to shape the lives of these young men and women, based on our five core values of kindness, courage, integrity, respect and responsibility. These will make them good people as well as preparing them for the competitive, dynamic and global workplace of the 21st century, helping them to be ambitious, energetic, kind, bold and confident with a real sense of fun. This approach has led to us becoming the UK's top co-educational large boarding school, with 1,045 boys and girls and four applicants for every place.
We are hugely ambitious academically for our pupils, ensuring that they secure the results to go on to the world's best universities and then careers of significance, influence and service. In 2016 our International Baccalaureate Diploma average was 38.93 points with 4 students scoring a perfect score of 45 points, and 73% of A levels were at A* or A(including IB equivalent) with 92% at A*-B grades (including IB equivalent).
Our commitment to holistic education is codified in our Eight Aptitudes approach and we believe in the development of character which impacts success in higher education, future employability and good citizenship. This includes good manners, self-control, self-reliance, responsibility, punctuality, determination, resilience, appreciation, kindness and tidiness.
We also want pupils to live lives which are personally and socially fulfilling, giving them a love for art, music, dance, theatre and culture which will enrich the rest of their days. Our acclaimed well-being programme ('happiness lessons') helps them to understand themselves, their relationships with others and to become more resilient.
When we say we educate for life and not just for exams, we really mean it. What goes on outside the classroom is not just plentiful but different with an ultra-packed calendar of activities, events, music, drama, clubs, sport and arts.
Both character and resilience are necessary for coping with the pace of life at the school. Wellington is a place of great intensity, with every day being packed with things to do and a demanding level of expectations that every student will make the most of all that is on offer.
Our magnificent facilities are set in an extensive and beautiful parkland estate of over 400 acres within an hour of central London or Heathrow. Registrations are now being taken for 13+ entry in 2019 (deadline 30th June 2017), and for years thereafter.