Nick and Mary Hughan joined Wellington and the Orange in September 2022, arriving from Alleyn’s School in London where they both ran rival Houses. Nick taught at Alleyn’s for ten years and before that at Reigate Grammar School, which included a year on a teaching exchange in Adelaide, Australia. Nick teaches History, enjoys all sports, and has coached many teams over the years. Born in Paris and educated in Germany and Surrey, Nick attended the University of Southampton and then the University of Exeter to train as a teacher. He likes to escape into the countryside on his mountain bike, or with his golf clubs, when time allows. Mary worked at Alleyn’s for twenty years and teaches French and Spanish but has also coached several netball and tennis teams. She spent most of her childhood in North Yorkshire, but originally comes from Goodwood, in West Sussex. She studied languages at Durham University, spending a year in Paris and Granada as part of the course, and went on to complete her PGCE at Cambridge University. She loves sport, the outdoors, music and, of course, food. They have three children called Jack (7), George (6) and Molly (3) who keep them on their toes!
The Orange was the first, purpose-built 13-18 girls House at Wellington College, and celebrates its 15th birthday in 2021. Its facilities are wonderful: light and spacious communal areas, a large, modern kitchen, a private back garden, huge conservatory, home cinema, rooms with wonderful views – there’s even a lift! Architecturally self-contained yet right in the middle of things, girls love the sense of being able to come ‘home’ and relax, while also having the supportive space to work individually or in groups.
Orange girls are kind, inclusive and caring; they work very hard, play lots of music, sing, dance, act, paint, swim, ride, run, write – and sleep lots as a result! Most importantly, they know that living communally teaches you about service to others and the importance of giving – giving time, giving space, giving support. They arrive as 13-year-old girls and leave as 18-year-old women, having been shaped by each other and the super team of tutors who, along with Jana the Matron and Maggie the Housekeeper, help make the Orange such a special place to learn and live.