Adele Brown studied both in the UK, at Leeds Carnegie completing a BEd Hons and in America at East Stroudsburg University, PA. An avid sports fan, keen triathlete and dog lover, Adele arrived at Wellington in 2010 as Deputy Director of Sport, where her coaching skills focused around boys’ and girls’ hockey, having coached the U14 girls who went on to be the first National Champions in Wellington’s history. You will now find Adele on the rackets and real tennis courts as well as on the cricket fields. In addition, her organisation of the Welling10k annual fun run and the very popular MANIACS competition (an outdoor pool full of screaming pupils and staff attempting to swim two lengths in very cold conditions) in the Summer Term, play an important role in bringing the school community together. Her most recent roles have included being the Senior Assistant HM, giving her a valuable insight into the pastoral world at Wellington. Adele’s hockey career has seen her represent England at senior level as well as playing professionally in Holland for four years with HGC HC in Den Haag. Away from sport, Adele supports Liverpool FC, and works with dogs to help them qualify as therapy trained animals, so it is no surprise that her three Labradors, Nyah (6), Elka (2) and Ilsa (14 months) have all qualified with flying colours!
The Talbot is an eclectic and exciting co-ed boarding and day House where Talbotians are renowned for their friendly and welcoming approach, industrious work ethic and dedication to social and personal development. A strength of the Talbot is not only the good relations fostered within year groups but the positive rapport across year groups. If there were to be a House motto it would be, ‘Treat others as you would have them treat you’. The House will go through a four-year transition period from a boys’ to a girls’ house with the first group of Year 9 girls joining in September 2021.
Re-built in 2003 in the gardens of the original House, the Talbot is set away from the hustle and bustle of the main school, and provides a tranquil retreat from the stresses of day to day student life. Near to a serene lake, peaceful woodlands and some of the school’s best playing fields, the House is conveniently situated next to the outdoor swimming pool, open during the summer months. The House has some of the best accommodation in the College and the south facing views from the lake provide a great spot for our Saturday summer barbeques. In addition, the brilliantly spacious, oak-panelled, in-house dining room is the venue for breakfast and supper for the Talbot’s students.