The College is situated in Crowthorne about 35 miles to the South West of London and can be reached by road from either the M3 or M4. Crowthorne railway station enjoys direct rail links to Reading and Guildford, and our closest airports are Heathrow (around 30 minutes’ drive) and Gatwick (just over an hour).
Nestled in a stunning 400-acre parkland campus, Wellington is situated between the M3 and M4 motorways, just a 30-minute drive from Heathrow Airport.
Boarding pupil - £12,740
Day pupil in boarding House - £10,695
Day - £9,310
Overnight charge for day pupils - £48 per night
Houses are where pupils live, sleep, relax, work and, in a few Houses, eat some of their meals. For most Wellingtonians, it is also where they will develop their most enduring friendships and it is the place where a team of passionate and dedicated staff will support and guide them throughout their time at the College.
Every one of our 17 Houses has a Housemaster or Housemistress (HM), and Assistant HM (often also resident) and a team of tutors who look after individual year groups within the House community. On a day-to-day basis, it is the HM who has overarching responsibility for the pastoral life of the boys or girls under their care, and will often be the first point of contact for parents. Tutors meet their tutees on regular basis both as a group, during a Monday morning tutorial period, and also individually, often when they are ‘on duty’ in the House of an evening. All Houses also have a Matron, most of whom work between 10.30am and 6pm and a Housekeeper, who works between 7.30am and lunchtime. This system ensures that there is always adult cover in every House 24-hours a day.
All new pupils are assigned a ‘buddy’ from the year above in their House to help them settle into life at Wellington in the early weeks and months. One of the House prefects will also be a designated Third Form prefect and their sole responsibility is to take care of the new pupils in their respective Houses.
After offers of places are made in Year 6, a number of Open Houses Days are held at the College to enable families to visit different Houses, meet the HMs and be toured by current pupils. Families are then asked to submit a list of their House preferences. The date of registration is used as the deciding factor when allocating Houses. Early registration therefore increases the likelihood of a boy or girl being allocated their first choice House. Between 90-95% of new pupils are allocated a place in their first or second choice House, a fact which emphasises how popular and diverse all our Houses are.
Scholarships & Bursaries:
Scholarships are entrance awards intended to recognise talented children who have shown great promise in certain disciplines but they do not carry any financial benefit in terms of fee reduction. Scholarships are made following strong performance in a competitive assessment process, usually administered around six to eight months before a pupil enters Wellington. As well as it being a great honour and accolade, pupils awarded scholarships upon entry to the College are expected to be leaders and role-models within their field of interest. They will also take part in a programme of extension activities and opportunities appropriate to their particular area of talent. Music scholars, for example, attend regular master-classes with visiting professionals and academic award holders partake in an extension programme of study designed by our Head of Scholarship.
Bursaries are specific financial awards made to parents which give some form of reduction of school fees appropriate to the individual situation of each family. All bursaries awarded to families of children joining the College are calculated via a means-testing process. In this way we aim to direct all of our financial aid to families who, without support, would not be able to access the fees at Wellington. Bursaries with a value of up to 95% reduction in school fees are available.
Means-tested bursaries are directly dependent on a child being awarded a scholarship. Unfortunately it is impossible to grant a bursary to a family unless their child has been successful in winning a scholarship upon entrance to Wellington.