Wellesley House School

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Wellesley House School
Established 1866
Type Independent school
Preparatory school (United Kingdom)
Day and boarding school
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mr Simon O'Malley
Chairman Mr T M Steel
Location Broadstairs
CT10 2DG
United Kingdom Coordinates: 51°21′19″N 1°25′38″E / 51.3554°N 1.4273°E / 51.3554; 1.4273
Students 133
Gender Mixed
Ages 6–13
Website www.wellesley.kent.sch.uk

Wellesley House School is a preparatory school in Broadstairs in Kent.


It was first established as 1866 as Conyngham House in Ramsgate with the first of the buildings on the present site being built 1898. During the Second World War the British Army used the school buildings while the school was temporarily housed at Rannoch.[1] In 1969 the school amalgamated with St Peter's Court, another Broadstairs preparatory school (the problems of preparatory schools post war had been predicted during the war by F. G. Ridgeway of St Peter's Court),[2] with the Wellesley House School site being developed as the sole site over the next few years. The school became co-educational in 1977.

School Organisation[edit]

The school is organised into a Junior House (7–9 years) and Senior School (up to 13 years). There are three boarding houses: the boys' Junior House, the boys in the Main School and Orchard House for girls, but all pupils are split into one of four houses: Vikings, Romans, Saxons and Danes. The school is organised into year blocks:

  • Form JS
  • Form JH
  • Block 4
  • Block 3
  • Block 2
  • Block 1

Former pupils[edit]

The school and St Peter's Court have a long history of success, perhaps disproportionate to their small sizes. In 2011 it was voted 'The Archant Good School'.[3] Distinguished former pupils[4] include:

Armed Forces

The Arts




Sportsmen and sportswomen



  1. ^ British boarding schools in the 1950s
  2. ^ The rise of the English prep school. Donald P. Leinster-Mackay 1984
  3. ^ Wellesley House School
  4. ^ alumni