Ruth Cowap joined Wellington in September 2023 as Housemistress of the Hardinge and Teacher of Classics. After graduating from Newnham College Cambridge, Ruth worked at Bromsgrove School as a teacher of Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation and completed her PGCE through the University of Buckingham. She took on various roles in the school including Resident Tutor of the Sixth Form boarding house. After Bromsgrove, Ruth worked as a Deputy Housemistress at Cranleigh School, and most recently has been working at Harrow International School Bangkok as Housemistress and Head of Boarding. Outside of school, Ruth is a keen long-distance runner, cricketer, and enjoys watching and playing all types of sport.
The Hardinge community, previously Sixth Form only, is very excited to welcome a new intake of Fourth Form in September 2023. Located at the heart of College in Back Quad, it provides a living space for 48 talented, engaging and intellectually curious girls. All the girls have their own study bedrooms, and the House is equipped with a beautiful Common Room enabling the girls to relax and socialise in a homely environment. Around 40% of the girls join Wellington from UK schools; the other comes from international backgrounds such as the USA, Bermuda, Barbados, China and Germany. In total, the Hardinge community is made up of 16 nationalities: an exciting and forward-thinking environment in which to live.
Equally diverse is the huge array of talents within the House, including Academic, Sports, Art and Music scholars. The Hardinge prides itself on its academic focus, with girls balancing well working hard and playing hard, taking up all the opportunities that Wellington has to offer to prepare themselves best for leading fulfilling lives, developing their character and gaining a greater understanding of themselves.
Our vision in the Hardinge is centralised around three key values, embodied by all members of the community: Respect, Recognition and Reflection. These values have both an inward and outward looking focus; we respect ourselves as well as others; we recognise the achievements of all, whilst remaining accountable for our actions; and we reflect on the experiences of ourselves and others, so that we can learn from them and move forward. By the time that the girls leave the Hardinge, they are courageous, reflective, and aspirational leaders who are ready to live their best lives, whatever that might be for them.