Wellington College, Berkshire
Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7PU
|School type||Independent school|
Boarding & Day School
|Motto||Virtutis Fortuna Comes|
('Fortune Favours the Brave')
('The Children of Heroes')
|Department for Education URN||110125 Tables|
|Chairman of the Board of Governors||Peter G.C. Mallinson, BA, MBA|
|Second Master||Robin Dyer|
|Age||13 to 18|
|Number of students||1100 pupils (approx.)|
|Former pupils||Old Wellingtonians|
|Campus||400-acre (1.6 km2) rural campus|
Wellington College is an English co-educational day and boarding independent school in the village of Crowthorne, Berkshire. Wellington is a registered charity and currently has about 1,050 pupils aged between 13 and 18. It was built as a national monument to the first Duke of Wellington (1769–1852), after whom the College is named. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone in 1856 and inaugurated the School's public opening on 29 January 1859.
Many former Wellington pupils fought in the trenches straight after leaving school during the First World War, volunteering for military action, a conflict in which 707 of them lost their lives. A further 501 former pupils were killed in action in the Second World War.
The school is a member of the Rugby Group, which includes Harrow School, Shrewsbury School, and Charterhouse School, and is also a member of the G20 Schools group. The Good Schools Guide calls the school "a serious player in the field of education". With school fees of up to £39,750 per annum, Wellington College is considered to be one of the country's most prestigious institutions. The school is also particularly strong in sport, frequently winning many large national competitions. 
- 1 History
- 2 Architecture
- 3 Location
- 4 Masters (Headmasters) of Wellington
- 5 Former pupils
- 6 Sport
- 7 The Wellingtonian
- 8 Wellington Television (WTV)
- 9 DukeBox Radio
- 10 Combined Cadet Force
- 11 Press
- 12 Houses
- 13 The Old Wellingtonian Society
- 14 See also
- 15 Notes
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Wellington College was granted its royal charter in 1853 as the Royal and Religious Foundation of The Wellington College, and was opened in 1859. Its first Master[Note 1] was Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury. The college's Visitor is The Queen.
Originally, the school supported children of deceased officers who had held commissions in the Army. In 1952 a Supplementary Royal Charter extended the privilege of eligibility to the orphan children of deceased officers of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force. A recent change early in 2006 extended the privilege to the orphan children of deceased servicemen or servicewomen of Her Majesty's Armed Forces irrespective of rank, and to the orphan children of persons who, in the sole opinion of Governors, died in acts of selfless bravery. However, only a minority of the children at the school come from military families.
By the 1950s and 1960s, the school was considering becoming co-educational, but the lack of financial resources prevented it from doing so. The first girls were admitted into the Sixth Form in the 1970s and the school became fully co-educational in 2005.
On 6 September 2013, readers of The Week magazine voted Wellington College "The Most Forward-Thinking School in the UK", and four days later, Tatler magazine chose Wellington College as the "Best Senior School in Britain", at its Schools Awards evening in London.
The Wellington Academy
Wellington College International
Wellington is in partnership with Wellington College International Tianjin, in the city of Tianjin in mainland China, modelled on the buildings and ethos of the college, and which opened in August 2011. Wellington is also partnered with Wellington College International Shanghai, in the city of Shanghai (also in mainland China), now open.
The college was designed by John Shaw, Jr., who had also previously worked as an architect for Eton College. For its time, the design of the College was unusual compared to the popular form, but Prince Albert who helped choose the architect was more interested in Shaw's classical approach, having already seen the architect's design for the old Royal Naval School in New Cross, London. The main buildings were designed in a style loosely termed "French Grand Rococo", and the chapel was designed by George Gilbert Scott. There have been many modern buildings, the best of which follow Shaw's style while still being modern: for example, the new Nicholson modern foreign-languages building.
The college was used as a filming location for Series Two, Episode Ten of the Netflix series The Crown, where it was used to depict Kensington Palace (designed by Sir Christopher Wren). The motto Heroum Filii is visible in a scene of the Queen arriving at the palace, and the college motto Virtutis Fortuna Comes is visible in a scene of the Queen leaving the palace.
Wellington College stands on a 400-acre (160 ha) estate in South-East England, near Reading, Berkshire. The grounds of the college include a golf course and woodland in addition to playing fields. The woodland area of the college is listed as a local nature reserve called Edgbarrow Woods. The grounds contain many unusual ant and spider species, and were frequented by the entomologist Horace Donisthorpe, who collected extensively there. The grounds also contain a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Wellington College Bog.
Masters (Headmasters) of Wellington
- 2015 – Present Julian P. Thomas
- 2006 – 2015 Sir Anthony Francis Seldon
- 2000 – 2005 A. Hugh Monro
- 1989 – 2000 Charles Jonathan "Jonty" Driver
- 1979 – 1989 David H. Newsome
- 1966 – 1979 Frank Forman Fisher
- 1956 – 1966 Graham Henry Stainforth
- 1941 – 1956 Harry Wilfred House
- 1937 – 1940 Robert "Bobby" Paton Longden
- 1921 – 1937 Frederick Blagden Malim
- 1910 – 1921 William Wyamar Vaughan
- 1893 – 1910 Bertram Pollock
- 1872 – 1893 Edward C. Wickham
- 1859 – 1872 Edward White Benson
Notable former pupils include historian P. J. Marshall, Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, Field Marshal Sir Geoffrey Baker, military historian Sir Michael Howard, clergyman and author Revd. Canon David Watson, architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, impressionist Rory Bremner, Adolphus Cambridge, 1st Marquess of Cambridge, author Sebastian Faulks, language school pioneer John Haycraft, political journalist Robin Oakley, actor Sir Christopher Lee, Liberal politician George Ferguson, who became the first elected Mayor of Bristol (2012–2016), writer George Orwell (who transferred to Eton), author Rupert Croft-Cooke, poet Gavin Ewart, composer John Gardner, world champion motor racing driver James Hunt, Leader of the House of Lords Lord Strathclyde, journalist and television presenter Peter Snow, the UK Pop Idol winner Will Young, BRIT Award-nominated singer Nerina Pallot, and the rugby union players James Haskell and the brothers Max and Thom Evans.
Wellington College was one of the 21 founding members of the Rugby Football Union, and pupils at the school have played rugby union. In 2008, the College became the first school to win the Daily Mail Cup at both U15 and U18 level in the same year, beating Millfield School and St Benedict's School, Ealing in their respective finals at Twickenham on 2 April 2008. Wellington have a national reputation for Rugby. In 2014/15 Wellington College 1st XV won the Rugby World School Team of the Year award, in addition to the National Rugby Awards Team of the Year Prize. They also won the National Daily Mail Trophy title, as well as the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s Open. A number of Old Wellingtonians play professional rugby union, including: James Haskell (England), Paul Doran-Jones (England), Max Lahiff (Bath), Sam Edgerly and Christian Lewis-Pratt (both England 7s), Max Evans and Thom Evans (Scotland) Brett Herron (Bath), Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins), Seb Adeniran-Olule (Harlequins), Conor Dolan (Wasps), Rory Brand (London Irish), Matt Williams (London Irish), Isaac Curtis-Harris (London Irish), Tom Parton (London Irish) and Madison Hughes (USA 7s). The school has one of only around 20 racquets courts in the UK, and until recently three Eton Fives courts, now a café bar as part of the sports club. Wellington College has been named as number one golf college in the UK on a few occasions with wins in 2009 at St Andrews and 2012 at Carnoustie in the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA) National Finals.
First published in 1859, the same year as the College’s Foundation, The Wellingtonian has provided coverage of the current affairs of Wellington College and the wider world for over 150 years.
Student writers contribute to the magazine; student designers design the magazine; and student Editors compile the magazine. In recent years, The Wellingtonian has featured interviews with famous alumni of the College, including Sebastian Faulks and Will Young.
The editors of the magazine (as of 2016 Georgie Ely and George Hayes) typically publish up to six print editions of the magazine each year. Past editors include Louis Elton and Simon Soros.
Wellington Television (WTV)
In October 2011, Wellington College students Cameron Richards, Zach Topley and Mike Dennison, with teacher Madeline Churchill, founded WTV, Wellington College's online television channel. The channel is operated entirely by students and produces student-related episode-based content every few weeks as well as one-off short films. WTV debuted at the 2011 Round Square International Conference, where it interviewed former King Constantine II of Greece, Karen Darke, Colin Jackson and Jasmine Whitbread.
In the past, WTV interviewed Ben Goldacre, Alexander Armstrong, AC Grayling and Tim Smit at the 2012 The Sunday Times Festival of Education. WTV created a James Bond parody featuring Headmaster Anthony Seldon which was featured in an article in the February 2014 edition of Private Eye. In 2014, it interviewed Simon Singh, Will Poulter and Katie Hopkins at the 2014 The Sunday Times Festival of Education. A 2014 Independent Schools Inspectorate integrated inspection report on Wellington College noted that “the innovative use of new media, as demonstrated by WTV, enriches parental communication, providing a detailed insight into the life of the pupils at the school”.
In 2015, as an opening film for the school's Speech Day, WTV created a parody of Pharrell Williams' hit-single 'Happy', which was featured in many national newspapers. Alongside supporting many of the school's other societies through various documentary-style films, WTV has been acclaimed for its work at the Telegraph Festival of Education with interviews with Gyles Brandreth and Ellie Bamber.
In 2017, WTV produced a film called 'Planet Wellington', feeding off the success of the popular BBC series 'Planet Earth II', for the opening of the 2017 Speech Day. The 2016-17 year also saw the creation of the series 'Pink Pav Sessions' and 'Solo'. Similarly to 2017, WTV produced the opening film for Speech Day 2018, 'Speech Day Pitch', produced by Finn Ducker and James Thorne, , in which the Master pushed his vision for the 'Five I's' while the student team continued to bring exclusive coverage of the Pearson Festival of Education with headline interviews with Piers Morgan and Susie Dent.
The Executive Producers of WTV are currently James Thorne, Jemima Sunley and Felix Cave. In the past, Executive Producers have included Mike Dennison, Cameron Richards and Zach Topley (2013-14), James Steel and Beanie Madge (2014-15), Tom Probert, Gabriella Farah, Jonny McCausland, Toby Bryer, Sebastian Width, Harry Harper, Angus Neale and James Wilson.
Initially launched in October 2016, DukeBox is the official radio station for the Wellington family of schools. It was founded by Barry Reilly, teacher at The Wellington Academy, to be a large, collaborative project between the numerous Wellington schools. The idea was to have a 24 hour radio station for students across the Wellington family to use as a creative outlet, and populate with their own programmes about anything and everything.
Since its launch, DukeBox has been a great success within the Wellington community. In the 2017-18 academic year it peaked at 3,500 unique listeners and around 70 hours of unique content created by students each week.
DukeBox also brought with it a different way of learning through podcasts. The many available on their website cover topics from English exam questions, to History revision and lectures. Students have praised the resources available, some saying that they "wouldn't have passed their exams without it" and that "it gives a different way to go over things you have learnt in lesson, rather than reading a textbook". There are also a variety of non-subject based podcasts available, such as the various interviews conducted by students and the weekly piece put together by Wellington College Master Julian Thomas, 'The Master's Voice'.
The current station manager is Elliott Sharman, former pupil of The Wellington Academy.
You can find the DukeBox website here: www.dukeboxradio.com
Combined Cadet Force
The Wellington College Combined Cadet Force, or CCF, has existed in its various forms since 1880. Commissioned members of the teaching staff who serve as CCF officers are attached to The Duke of Wellington's Regiment. The college also traditionally has two teams of field gun runners, and two runs are made annually at the college speech day. In 2012 field gun teams from the College took part in the British Military Tournament at Earl's Court, including female runners for the first time at the event. The Wellington College CCF is split into seven categories. These are Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Cavalry, Drum Corps and Marching Band. The current RSM is Hugh Walsh
The school has been the subject of reports on bullying. In April 2006, the college attracted widespread publicity when it became the first school in the UK to introduce 'happiness lessons' to the curriculum, in conjunction with a team at Cambridge University.
In 2005 the school was one of fifty of the country's leading independent schools found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel, exposed by The Times newspaper, which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents. Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared. However, Mrs Jean Scott, the head of the Independent Schools Council, said that independent schools had always been exempt from anti-cartel rules applied to business, were following a long-established procedure in sharing the information with each other, and were unaware of the change in the law (on which they had not been consulted). She wrote to John Vickers, the OFT director-general, saying, "They are not a group of businessmen meeting behind closed doors to fix the price of their products to the disadvantage of the consumer. They are schools that have quite openly continued to follow a long-established practice because they were unaware that the law had changed."
There are 17 houses at Wellington. Most contain boarders and a small number of day pupils, although two, Wellesley and Raglan, accept only day pupils. Each house is either an 'in-house' or an 'out-house'. In-houses are located within the main school buildings and quads; out-houses are located elsewhere on the grounds. Each house has aspects distinguishing it from other houses, such as its own colours and emblem, as well as different locations around the college.
|House||Colours||Emblem||Gender||Boarding or day||Housemaster or mistress|
|Anglesey||Maroon/Blue||Star||F||Boarding||R. E. Loaring|
|Apsley||Blue/Black||Pineapple||F||Boarding||A. C. Christodoulou|
|Benson||Blue/Silver||Rose||M||Boarding||D. M. G. Clements|
|Beresford||Light Blue/Black||Horseshoe||M||Boarding||K. G. Reesby|
|Blücher||Black/White||Fleur de Lis||M||Boarding||S. A. S. Owen|
|Combermere||Gold/Brown||Lion||F||Boarding||S. M. L. Brookes|
|Hardinge||Green/Brown||Anchor||M & F||Sixth Form boarding||S. N. Y. Jobson|
|Hill||Purple/Silver||Skull and Crossbone||M||Boarding||P. R. Mann|
|Hopetoun||Yellow/Blue||Moon and Star||F||Boarding||P. P. & S. C. D. Gutteridge|
|Lynedoch||Navy Blue/Black||Iron Cross||M||Boarding||M. J. Cawdron|
|Murray||Purple/Black||Moon||M||Boarding||I. J. Sutcliffe|
|Orange||Orange/Black||Double-headed dragon||F||Boarding||T. F. Wayman|
|Picton||Pink/Brown||Eagle||M||Boarding||D. R. Edwards|
|Raglan||Red/Silver||Panther||M||Day||N. D. Light|
|Stanley||Red/Blue||Unicorn||M||Boarding||C. M. Sutton|
|Talbot||Maroon/White||Iron Cross||M||Boarding||J. S. White|
|Wellesley||Pink/White||Pelican||F||Day||K. A. Harrison|
The Orange, Combermere, Hopetoun and Anglesey were previously boys' houses, but changed to girls' houses between 2005 and 2011.
The Old Wellingtonian Society
The Old Wellingtonian Society is the alumni society for the college and was founded in 1890. The Old Wellingtonian Society was set up to further the interests of the college and its past and present members, and to keep former pupils in touch with each other and with the school.
The Old Wellingtonian Society maintains a register of names of all who have passed through the college since the school's opening in 1859 and the addresses of all living alumni.
- List of notable Old Wellingtonians
- List of Victoria Crosses by school
- Category:People educated at Wellington College, Berkshire
- Wellington College International Shanghai, a subsidiary school in China
- Wellington College International Tianjin, a subsidiary school in China
- The headmaster is known as "the Master"
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