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 P. J. Woodhouse
Location Broadstairs
CT10 2DG
United Kingdom
51°21′19″N 1°25′38″E / 51.3554°N 1.4273°E / 51.3554; 1.4273Coordinates: 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.wellesleyhouse.org

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


It was first established in 1866 as Conyngham House in Ramsgate, with the first of the buildings on the present site being built in 1898. During the Second World War the British Army used the school buildings while the school was temporarily housed at Rannoch. 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.[1] The Wellesley House School site was 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

Old Welleslians[edit]

The school and St Peter's Court in 2011 were voted 'The Archant Good School'.[2] Distinguished former pupils[3] include:

Armed Forces

The Arts




Sportsmen and sportswomen



  1. ^ The rise of the English prep school. Donald P. Leinster-Mackay 1984.
  2. ^ Wellesley House School
  3. ^ alumni