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Wellington College, the national monument to the Duke of Wellington, is an English co-educational independent school located in the Berkshire village of Crowthornemarker. The school 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 (Headmaster) was Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury. The college's Visitor is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Wellington has approximately 950 pupils aged between 13 and 18. The School is a member of the G20 Schools group. The Good Schools Guide called the school "a serious player in the field of education." Wellington has sponsored the founding of an independent state school in Wiltshire, The Wellington Academymarker , which opens in 2009.

Recent Developments

In addition to introducing girls throughout, the school is in the forefront of Educational thinking, firstly through the many conferences it organises, and also by adopting the IB Diploma Programme alongside A level. Lower down the school, they are introducing the MYP Middle Years Programme, also from IBO, as an alternative to GCSE. The school is becoming increasingly popular and despite increasing rapidly in size, competition for places is fierce. The school has pulled itself well into the first division, as defined by leading newspapers.

Architecture

The college was designed by John Shaw Jr, who had also previously worked as an architect for Eton Collegemarker. It is located in Crowthornemarker, a large village in the Royal County of Berkshire in south-east England. 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 Schoolmarker in New Crossmarker, London.

Location

Wellington College is located in a 400 acre (1.6 km²) estate in South East England, in the Royal County of Berkshire, approximately 30 miles (50 km) from Heathrow Airportmarker and close to the town of Reading, Berkshiremarker. The grounds of the college are beautiful and extensive, and are also notable in that they contain many unusual ant species, and were frequented by the entomologist Horace Donisthorpe, who collected extensively there. The grounds contain an area of SSSI. The main buildings were designed by John Shaw Jr in a style loosely termed "French Grand Rococo", and the chapel was designed by George Gilbert Scott.

Former pupils

The school has a diverse and extensive range of distinguished former pupils, including historian P. J. Marshall, architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, impressionist Rory Bremner, Adolphus Cambridge, 1st Marquess of Cambridge, author Sebastian Faulks, political journalist Robin Oakley, actor Christopher Lee, writer George Orwell, poet Gavin Ewart, composer John Gardner, world champion motor racing driver James Hunt, Opposition Leader of the House of Lordsmarker Lord Strathclyde, journalist and television presenter Peter Snow, the UK Pop Idol winner Will Young, and BRIT Award-nominated singer Nerina Pallot, and the rugby union players James Haskell, Thomas Whitcombe (senior league champion 2000) and the brothers Max and Thom Evans.

Sport

Wellington College was one of the 21 founding members of the Rugby Football Union, and historically, pupils at the school have excelled at rugby union. The school has one of only around 20 racquets courts in the UK, and until recently three Eton Fives courts, now a Cafe Bar as part of the Sports Club. . 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 Schoolmarker and St Benedict's School, Ealingmarker in their respective finals at Twickenhammarker on 2 April 2008.

Chess

Chess at Wellington College is led by the Teacher in Charge of Chess, John Rawlinson.Andrew Martin who is an International Chess Master, visits the school's weekly Chess Practices. Wellington is establishing a reputation for being one of the strongest chess schools in the UK, with a number of competition-winning players at all ages. http://intranet.wellingtoncollege.org.uk/page.aspx?id=627

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 Commanding Officer of the Wellington College CCF is Lieutenant Colonel Eddy Heddon (REME). The College also traditionally has two teams of Field Gun runners, and two runs are made annually at the College Speech Day.

Press

Like many of the major public schools, Wellington College is no stranger to press attention. The school has in the past been the subject of reports on bullying, although media attention has become mostly positive since the arrival of Anthony Seldon as Master. 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 Universitymarker lead by Nick Baylis. The move continued a long tradition of pastoral care at Wellington, including religious education and PSHE programmes. The school also achieved recent fame in winning the Daily Mail Schools Cup at both under-15 and under-18 level in 2008.

In 2005 the school was one of fifty of the country's leading private schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel, exposed by The Times, 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.

Houses

There are 17 houses at Wellington. Most contain boarders and a small number of day pupils, although there are those two which only accept day pupils, Wellesley and Raglan, both introduced in September 2007. Each house is either an 'in-house' or an 'out-house'. In-houses are located within the main school buildings and quads, whilst out-houses are located elsewhere on the grounds. Each house has aspects which distinguish it from other houses, such as its own colours and emblem, as well as different locations around College.

House Colours Emblem Gender Boarding/Day Housemaster/mistress
Anglesey Maroon/Blue Star M/F Boarding Bart and Lara Wielenga
Apsley Blue/Black Pineapple F Sixth Form Boarding Maggie Chodak
Benson Pale Blue/Silver Rose M Boarding Tom Hicks
Beresford Light Blue/Black Horseshoe M Boarding Tim Head
Blücher Black/White Feathers M Boarding Mark Boobbyer
Combermere Blue/White Dragon F Boarding Delyth Draper
Hardinge Green/Brown Anchor M Sixth Form Boarding Charles Oliphant-Callum
Hill Purple/Silver Skull and Crossbone M Boarding John Giannakis
Hopetoun Yellow/Blue Moon and Star F Boarding Judy Waugh
Lynedoch Navy Blue/Black Iron cross M Boarding Gareth Pearson
Murray Purple/Black Moon M Boarding John Rawlinson
Orange Orange/Black Double-headed dragon F Boarding Linda Raabe-Marjot
Picton Pink/Brown Eagle M Boarding Nick Gallop
Raglan White/Pink/Black Moon M Day Dave Walker
Stanley Red/Blue Unicorn M Boarding Neill Lunnon
Talbot Maroon/White Iron Cross M Boarding Paul Boscher
Wellesley Pink/White Pelican F Day Eunice Gillan


The Orange, Combermere and Hopetoun were previously boys' houses, but have changed to girls' houses in 2005 and 2009. The Anglesey is also undertaking the same change over the next couple of years.

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.

References

  1. http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/school/wellington-college-2.html
  2. http://www.thewellingtonacademy.org.uk
  3. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-5016838-details/Three+suspended+over+school+porn+video+/article.do
  4. Independent schools face huge fines over cartel to fix fees - Times Online
  5. The Office of Fair Trading: OFT names further trustees as part of the independent schools settlement


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