Academic enrichment

Our desire to kindle a life-long love of learning and intellectual inquiry within each and every Wellingtonian means that academic life at the College reaches far beyond the confines of the classroom and the curriculum.

"For the mind does not need filling like a vessel, but kindling like wood" Plutarch

Our desire to kindle a life-long love of learning and intellectual inquiry within each and every Wellingtonian means that academic life at the College reaches far beyond the confines of the classroom and the curriculum.

Quite simply, we believe that all of our pupils should strive towards scholarship and our Head of Scholarship therefore oversees a series of bespoke academic programmes designed to take Wellingtonians in every year group on an intellectual journey which transcends the confines of any exam board syllabus.

To read more about academic extension at Wellington College, please visit our Scholarship For All website.

Academic Societies

Our broad range of academic societies, many of which are departmental and pupil-led, form a key part of this mission. Ample time is allocated for our academic societies to meet within our weekly timetable, both in the afternoons and evenings, and our hope is that all pupils will develop intellectual passions and interests which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Departmental societies include: Classics Society, Economic Affairs Society, English Society, GeoVenture, Life Drawing, Pheng (Philosophy and English), Phil-Thy Society (Philosophy and Theology), Politics Society, Psychology Society, Science Society, Tricky Physics and World History Society.

Other academic societies which also offer opportunities to develop intellectual interests and skills include: Amnesty, Book Chat, Classical Hebrew, Debating Society, MedSoc, Model United Nations, The Observatory, and the Wellington College Peace and Conflict Institute.