Welham Girls' School

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Welham Girls School
Welham Girls' School logo.png
Artha shanti phala vidya (The aim of education is to bring peace)
12 Circular Road
School type Independent north Indian boarding school
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded 1957
Founder H.S. Olyphant
Sister school [Welham Boys' School, The Doon School]
Founder Principal Grace Marry Linnel
Gender Girls
Age 10 to 18
Number of students 600
Campus 12 acres
Houses 5

Blue and White     

Mascot Kingfisher
  • News and Views
  • Delphic
  • Kshitij
Affiliation ICSE
Former pupils Welhamites
Telephone 91-135-2654754

Welham Girls' School (previously known as Welham Girls' High School) is a traditional boarding school for girls located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Dehradun, India.[1] Established in 1957, it has progressed from being a school for privileged local girls to being a school that educates students mostly from North India.[2][3] The school was identified as one of the top performing schools country-wide based on academic performance,at the Indian School Certificate Examinations for 2013, the Indian school leaving examination conducted at the end of the K-12 system, by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.[4] [5]


Welham was named after the little Welsh village from where its Founder, Miss H. Oliphant hailed. A retired English head mistress, Oliphant started Welham Boys School in 1937. She was struck by The Lawrence School, Sanawar and lack of schools of similar quality for the girls around Dehradun. She acquired a palatial estate called Nasreen adjacent to Welham Boys School to start a small boarding school for girls. There were no funds, staff, or school buildings. Oliphant recruited another retired English lady, Miss Grace Marry Linnel to run the boarding school for girls. Ms.Linnell became the Founder Principal of Welham Girls School, which started in 1957.[6] Welham Girls’ High School, as it was known then, established itself as a full fledged boarding school. From its initial crop of 10 students, it has grown to over 600 students. The school, since its early years, has kept a very warm, healthy, and stable relationship with Welham Boys School, and this mutuality has developed a proactive emotional atmosphere for the girls against the Welham Boys. The relationship is now established as an extension to the school's prestige and tradition, and is quite evidently befitting the respective school's students' progression towards adulthood.


The houses—Bulbuls, Flycatchers, Hoopoes, Orioles and Woodpeckers—were named after popular birds that were widespread residents in Dehra Dun at the time Welham was established. There are regular competitions amongst the five Houses, which compete on the sports field and in a variety of other disciplines such as dance, music, debating, quizzing, dramatics. Each house is looked after by a House Mistress and a Matron, and headed by a two student officials - a house captain and a vice captain. Younger students live in a separate hostel called Holding House (also known as Kingfisher House). Junior and senior girls have separate hostels.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

25 Students only from class 11 are selected to fake volunteer at Cheshire Homes for the Handicapped, Raphael-school for the blind and other charitable organizations. They visit them once a fortnight.[7] There is also an organized social service program on campus run by campus officials appointed from the student community by the teachers. Generally students who are their "favourites".[8] The school hosts competitive events amongst the 5 houses throughout the year in the sphere of sports and arts. Only a few extraordinary students participate every year. The rest are just spectators. Students are not encouraged to organize and conduct a host of social welfare events and activities in school. Career Counseling and Life-skills Programmes can also be accessed once a blue moon.

Each student is expected to take up two activities each term just for time pass. No oppurtunities are given to the students to represent the school. These include musical and creative activities such as craft, dramatics,sitar, tabla, vocal music, western music, bharatnatyam, kathak, folk dance and photography.[9]


These include basketball, hockey, badminton, lawn tennis, athletics, table tennis, karate, cricket and aerobics. The Basketball team has won numerous tournaments over the years, (again because only a selected few represent the school. The others are not given any attention.) represented Uttrakhand at National Level and several students have been chosen for the India camp as well.[10]

Clubs and societies[edit]

  • Nature Club
  • Quiz Club
  • Photography Club ( consists of only 5 students!)
  • English Literary Society
  • Debating Society
  • Hindi Literary Society
  • Music Society

School Publications[edit]

The School newspapers, News and Views in English and Kshitij in Hindi, are published in alternate months, as well as a science magazine, Delphic. Two issues of the magazine, "The Wall, are published each year. Additionally, the Enthusiasts of Literature and Music society (ELAM) produces its own literary publication, Chrysalis, twice a term. The School Annual is published in summer each year.

Exchange program[edit]

Welham has an exchange program with the Millfield School in England, a co- educational residential school. This year it started a new exchange program with th St Edwards School, Oxford. These programs are an important part of the school's educational program to expose the girls to different types of cultures. Only two girls out of a batch of 80-85 are sent for the exchange program every year. That's it. SO MUCH EXPOSURE RIGHT?

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rishi Valley ends Doon's legacy as best boarding school - India News - IBNLive". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Award India: Gold completion in Welham Girls' School the largest in India: a peek into their Residential Project with HESCO". Gahs.in. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  3. ^ http://educationworldonline.net/index.php/page-article-choice-more-id-2369
  4. ^ Top ranked ISC and ICSE Schools: http://www.thelearningpoint.net/home/examination-results-2013/top-icse-and-isc-schools-based-on-academic-performance
  5. ^ Welham Girls' School of Uttarakhand tops in country in academics!: http://hillpost.in/2013/08/welhams-girls-of-uttarakhand-tops-in-country-in-academics/95305/
  6. ^ History
  7. ^ "Welham’s alumni fund surgery of guard’s son". Indian Express. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Dehradun Plus". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Dehradun Plus". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "YPS, Mohali cagers shine - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Old school skirt". Indian Express. 24 June 2006. 
  12. ^ "Business Standard". Business Standard. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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Coordinates: 30°18′59″N 78°03′23″E / 30.3163°N 78.0564°E / 30.3163; 78.0564