Applicants from both the UK and around the world are attracted by our excellent teaching, the breadth of academic and co-curricular opportunities, our stunning facilities and the wonderful pre-university experience we provide. Exciting levels of enthusiasm, breadth of co-curricular talent, and scholarly commitment typify those who are successful.
Our Visitors Day in September is specifically designed for those families interested in applying for a Sixth Form place.
The Registration Process
Thank you for your interest in Wellington College.
A four-month registration window opens a year in advance of the pupil’s proposed entry and runs from June until 30th September.
Registration for Sixth Form entry in 2021 will open in June 2020. To register your child, we will ask for a registration fee (£300) to be paid. We must stress that this registration fee is non-refundable however far we decide to take your child’s application. This reflects the fact that we put an enormous amount of effort and thought into every application before we choose who to select for an assessment day at Wellington College (or an interview abroad or over Skype). Not all students will be selected for an assessment day and this is because we do not wish to convey false hope and stress where we believe there is little chance of a place ultimately being offered and we don’t have the resources to offer the quality of assessment experience that we pride ourselves on to everyone who applies. We consider it important to be very open about this at the start of the process but do hope that it won’t put anyone off. Decisions will be announced initially on 1st December but subsequent places will be offered to those placed on the Waiting List right up until September.
As part of the registration process, pupils wishing to join the Wellington College Sixth Form are asked to upload their latest set of school reports and submit a personal statement by 30th September, both of which are used to draw up a long-list of candidates to be invited for assessment. There is no template for the personal statement and candidates should therefore present themselves in any way in which they see fit. Candidates may wish to include details such as their academic strengths and interests and co-curricular passions, why they want to join the Sixth Form at Wellington College, their aspirations for the future and experiences which have shaped who they are. We recommend that personal statements are no longer than 1000 words.
Once applications have been considered, long-listed candidates are contacted in mid-October and invited to an assessment day at Wellington in mid-November. For 16+ entry in 2020, the assessment days are 12th, 13th or 14th November 2019. Due to demand, not every registered applicant is invited for assessment. Assessment days consist of entrance examinations, interviews and group activities. References from current schools are also requested for all long-listed candidates.
Scholarships and Bursaries
A wide range of scholarships is offered annually, with awards for excellence in academics, sports, music, arts (and combined disciplines). Please visit the Scholarships & Bursaries pages for more details.
International/Overseas Sixth Form applicants — important information
Any candidate for whom English is not their first language, whether studying currently in the UK or abroad, who wishes to apply for 16+ entry must complete UKiset, an online test designed for international pupils which measures ability over three areas: Vocabulary, Maths and Non Verbal Reasoning. UKiset can be taken in any approved testing centre around the world and must be completed by 30th September for any international pupil’s application to be considered.
It is our strong recommendation that overseas candidates, if long-listed, come to Wellington for assessment as this gives us a much better chance to get to know them in a meaningful way. If this is not possible, we can occasionally allow overseas candidates to sit entrance examinations in an approved centre (please email the Admissions Office for details) and an interview will be arranged via Skype. The Director of Admissions also intends to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong to conduct interviews at the end of September. If you live in Asia and would like to be considered for an early interview at this stage, please ensure that you have completed the online registration process and the UKiset test by 31st August.