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 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]

Students volunteer at local charities, such as Cheshire Home for the Handicapped and Raphael, a school for the blind and other charitable organizations. There is also an organized social service program on campus run by campus officials.

The school hosts competitive events amongst the 5 houses throughout the year in the sphere of sports and arts. Career Counseling and Life-skills Programmes are also offered.

Each student is expected to take up two activities each term. These include musical and creative activities such as craft, dramatics,sitar, tabla, vocal music, western music, bharatnatyam, kathak, folk dance and photography.[7]


These include basketball, hockey, badminton, lawn tennis, athletics, table tennis, karate and aerobics. The Basketball team has won numerous tournaments over the years and represented Uttrakhand at National Level. Several students have been chosen for the India camp as well.[8]

Clubs and societies[edit]

  • Nature Club
  • Quiz Club
  • English Literary Society
  • English Debating Society
  • Hindi Literary Society
  • Hindi Debating 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 school publishes an English 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 and recently, with 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

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