Admissions Overview - Wellington College

"Discovering whether Wellington is the right fit for your child lies at the heart of our admissions process. We want to offer places to children who will be really happy here, and who have the desire and determination to make the most of all the opportunities on offer to them."

Mr Phil Mann
Director of Admissions

Key numbers

30

different nationalities represented at Wellington

Every year, around 260 new pupils join Wellington at a number of different stages. From 2025, our new pupils will be 50% boys and 50% girls. 80% join as boarders and 20% travel to the College each day as day-pupils.

  • c.200 enter Third Form (Year 9) at 13+
  • A small number enter Fourth Form (Year 10) at 14+ (see below)
  • c.50 enter the Sixth Form (Year 12) at 16+

Due to the difficulties of moving school in the middle of GCSE, A Level, or IB Diploma courses, it is very rare for boys or girls to join Wellington at any other stage.

Joining at 11+

Eagle House is Wellington College’s prep school, located on the south-eastern corner of the Wellington estate.

Every year a number of girls and boys whose current schools finish at the end of Year 6 join Eagle House as day students or as flexi-, weekly- or bi-weekly-boarders for Years 7 & 8.  This enables the children to start a ‘Wellington’ education in the prep environment and then to move to Wellington with around 30 friends in Year 9.

 

How to apply at 11+

Joining at 13+

Many of our 13+ joiners into the Third Form come from UK prep schools and over 100 feeder prep schools are represented in the current body of Wellingtonians.

We also welcome a significant number of pupils from other educational backgrounds such as grammar schools, 11-18 day schools, state schools and international schools. We strive to maintain a diversity of intake and there is no right or wrong route for preparing a child for joining Wellington.

How to apply at 13+

Joining at 14+

We are delighted that a restructuring of our boarding houses has enabled us to create a small number of places for entry at 14+.  We know that for many families, moving schools just before GCSE courses start makes considerable sense.

How to apply at 14+

Joining at 16+

Our Sixth Form intake is highly diverse with around half of our new pupils joining from a variety of UK schools and the other half coming from international contexts all around the world.

Intellectual curiosity and co-curricular passion characterise the 40-50 ambitious young men and women who join our Sixth Form every year.

How to apply at 16+

Where do our 13+ Wellingtonians join from?

Most UK-based pupils live in the South-East although current Wellingtonians also live as far afield as Cheshire, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Suffolk and Yorkshire

  • 58% of current pupils joined from prep schools outside the M25
  • 15% joined from prep schools inside the M25
  • 16% joined from state, grammar and 11-18 schools

  • 11% joined from international backgrounds
  • 125 current Wellingtonians live overseas in over 30 different countries including Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and USA

Our Sixth Form intake is highly diverse with around half of our new pupils joining from a variety of UK schools and the other half coming from international contexts all around the world.

Contact us

Director of Admissions: Mr Phil Mann
Deputy Director of Admissions and Marketing: Mr Tim Head
Registrar: Mrs Louise Peate
Assistant Registrar: Mrs Libby Hudson
Admissions PA: Mrs Sally Inman
Admissions Coordinator: Mrs Catherine Melville
Admissions Administrator: Miss Sue Why

Tel: 01344 444 013
Email: admissions@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

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