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

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Applicants from 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, co-curricular interest and talent, and scholarly commitment typify those who are successful.

An Explanation of the Sixth Form Entry Process

A four-month registration window, from June to September, opens a year in advance of the pupil’s proposed entry.

For Sixth Form entry 2022, registration is now closed and as we have received a large number of applications, it would be unfair to accept any late registrations.

Decisions of places for September 2022 will be announced initially on 1st December 2021, but subsequent places will be offered to those placed on the Waiting List right up until September.

We offer places to around 50 new Sixth Form students with slightly more places for girls than boys. Most girls will enter the Hardinge, our sixth form girls’ house. A handful of girls’ places and all boys’ places will be in our 13-18 houses. New students will join an existing year group of just roughly 209 students.

Stage One – Registration and documentation

There are two routes of entry; full fee (and likely means-tested fee-assistance awards of less than 60% of full fees) and significant (60% to 100%) means-tested fee-assistance and, having read the information fully, we ask you to select the appropriate route carefully.

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 so please do have these ready when you register. 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 1,000 words. 

To register your child via the full fee route, or for fee assistance requests below 60%, 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 each stage of the process. All applicants via this route will be examined remotely and short list selection (after Stage Two below) will take into account information from the personal statement, school reports and the exam results.

Registration for the significant fee-assistance route (60%-100%) does not require a registration fee to be paid. We will, however, ask for a confidential ‘statement of financial position’ form to be completed and sent to us before the exams are completed. This form can be sent directly by families or by any organisation with which they are working (e.g. Royal Springboard). Unfortunately, we do not have financial resources to support every pupil requiring fee assistance and so we are likely, reluctantly, to reject some candidates before Stage Two.

Stage Two – Exams

After the closing date, we will write to candidates asking them to select three subjects in which to be examined (more details about this selection will be communicated) and a main faculty of interest. Short exams will be sat using digital software at home. We may also ask for candidates who have not completed UKiset (a test for some international applicants – see below) to complete reasoning exams. For entry in September 2022, the proposed date for these exams is the weekend of 16th/17th October.

In the week commencing 25th October invitations to the latter, short list stages will be sent out by email.

References from current schools will be requested for candidates selected for Stage Three.

Stage Three – Interviews and Assessment Days

Candidates will be invited to book two interviews, one academic in their chosen faculty, and one pastoral. For entry in September 2022, these interviews will be conducted virtually over Microsoft Teams and will take place in the week commencing 8th November.

In the week commencing 15th November we will host assessment days at Wellington College and virtual assessment days for those unable to travel easily to Wellington College.

These assessment days will be fun (!) and will consist of a mixture of lessons, discussions, and academic and pastoral extension activities as well the opportunity to ask lots of questions. We will aim to provide an authentic experience of life at Wellington and a chance to experience the culture of the school first-hand.


A range of honorary scholarships are offered annually, with awards for excellence in academics, sports, music, art, dance and drama. Please visit the Scholarship pages for more details. When you register your child via our online form you will be given the option to apply for a scholarship at this point.

Fee-assisted Places

Full information on our various financial aid options can be found here. Families are asked to estimate the level of fee-assistance that they are likely to require (our fees can be found here) before selecting the route via which to register their child.

Families likely to require less than a 60% reduction in the fees are asked to register via the full fees route and will be asked to indicate their desire to apply for fee-assistance in a form which will be sent out after the closing date.

If you are in any doubt about this or have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department: Tel: +44 (0)1344 444013 Email: admissions@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

International/Overseas Sixth Form Applicants – UKiset

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.