The majority of children who join us at 13+ have been involved with Wellington for three years, after success in the admissions process in Year 6 confirmed by entrance exams in Year 8.
Around 85% of 13+ entrants join from prep schools and sit Common Entrance or Academic Scholarship in Year 8; for those joining from other educational backgrounds, the College sets specific Maths, English and Reasoning examinations. Our pass mark at Common Entrance is 65% although the majority of children who join Wellington average above 70% in these examinations.
The Registration Process
Parents are able to register their sons and daughters at any stage for 13+ entry although the closing date is 30th June of Year 5. To register, parents must complete a 13+ Registration Form and pay a registration fee of £200 either by cheque (made payable to Wellington College) or by bank transfer.
Stage 1 (Oct/Nov Year 6)
Candidates sit the ISEB Common Pretest, an age-standardised series of tests in English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. These tests are usually completed at the current school although a small number of candidates may take them at the College. Overseas candidates can take the test at a British Council or an approved testing centre. Please contact the Admissions Office for details. References are also requested from current schools, before long-listed candidates are invited to Stage 2.
Stage 2 (Jan/Feb Year 6)
Selected pupils attend an Assessment Day at Wellington, consisting of a series of collaborative, problem-solving activities and also an interview with a senior member of staff. By getting to know the characters, strengths and personalities of each and every candidate during their day with us, we adopt a whole child approach to the assessment process.
Conditional offers are made in March of Year 6, subject to success in Year 8 entrance examinations.
For those families who, for one reason or another, miss the original deadline for entry, late assessment options are available. Please click here to see details and a timeline for late registrations in Year 6 and 7. Parents interested in late assessment should also contact the Admissions Office for further details on 01344 444 013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.