"The Wellingtones a capella group, the DukeBox radio station, as well as WTV, are entirely student-led and impressively slick."The Good Schools Guide
Across Drama, Dance, Music, Creative Writing and Art & Design we offer pupils the opportunity to pursue their cultural passions both within the academic curriculum and, more importantly, through an incredibly diverse programme of annual events with opportunities to perform and showcase their learning and talent. Whether they are budding actors, singer-songwriters, designers, journalists, film-makers, musicians, authors, poets, singers or dancers, each and every Wellingtonian is encouraged to engage with their creative selves so they can discover the beauty and joy to be found in the Arts.
Every year we hold an Arts Festival or a Fringe Festival which celebrate the best of the Arts, either curated by students or featuring visiting internationally renowned artists alongside our own students. The Arts are also a main feature of our annual Speech Day celebrations. We also regularly seek to link with the community, working alongside students from other schools or with local arts organisations. Arts education is very important for us.
“The Annenberg Performing Arts Centre is a sight to behold (and puts most West End theatres to shame); dance gets top billing; phenomenal student art fills every corner of the school; and the more traditional chapel choirs and orchestras are complemented by a slew of acapella groups and the highly anticipated Battle of the Bands competition.”Talk Education
There are a whole plethora of OWs involved in the Arts, whether as actors, popular or classical musicians, artists, writers, dancers, architects or designers, and we are more committed than ever to maintain these links and, through them, nurture the creative spark within all our pupils.
All Third Form students take Arts Award Bronze and we offer Silver and Gold further up the school.
At the end of the Third Form, students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships in drama, dance and art. Music scholarships happen before entrance to the school. Our successful scholars programme seeks to prepare students for a future within the arts if they so wish, not only teaching expertise and technique, but also looking at personality profiling, resilience and performance practice. For more information, please contact TheArts@wellingtoncollege.org.uk