Wellington was the first school to pioneer the teaching of Well-being in the country, one of the earliest independent schools to introduce the teaching of Mandarin, and is one of only a handful of establishments in the UK to run both IB Diploma and A-Level programmes in the Sixth Form of equal size and with the same levels of success.
In short, we are a school which is always keen to examine our current educational provision and ask difficult questions of ourselves: Are we genuinely preparing our pupils for the world of tomorrow? Could we be delivering our curricula in even more exciting and imaginative ways? Are we in tune with the latest theories and debates within the wider world of education? Could we make more use of the educational networks to which we belong to improve the educational experiences of all our pupils?
As such, our aim is to stand in the vanguard of pedagogical debate and to play an active role in the future development of the educational landscape, not just in the UK but also around the world.
Our pioneering stance on education provides a wider field of influence via our work with our family of schools: The Wellington Academy and Primary Academy in Wiltshire; Wellington College International Tianjin, Wellington College International Shanghai, and Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai in China; and Eagle House, our own Prep School in Sandhurst. The benefits for both pupils and teachers in belonging to such a uniquely diverse and exciting family of schools are incalculable.
Wellington College is a national and international centre for educational thinking and debate. The conference programme addresses the leading educational issues of the day and has proved to be hugely successful, attracting hundreds of delegates from all over the country. Now in its 12th year, this innovative programme has included conferences about Positive Psychology, Creativity, Mindfulness, Universities and Higher Education, Digital Strategy: Impact on Teaching and Learning, Social Media & Marketing, and Modern Languages and Coaching, culminating in June with the Festival of Education. We are also a centre for NQT training days for ISTip (Independent School Teacher Induction Panel). The conference programme is aimed at innovative school leaders, students and those who aspire to introduce real change to their institutions, from the state and independent sectors, as well as universities, local authorities and subject specialists. Details of all conferences can be found here.
Our work as a Teaching School – we are one of only a handful of independent schools in the UK to have this status – in alliance with twenty state schools in and around Wokingham, helps us provide innovative and inspirational learning opportunities for both our own and other schools’ teachers in the local area. Whilst our Independent State School Partnership work has benefited thousands of children in areas such as Oxbridge preparation, leadership and STEM.
And every year we host the Wellington College Festival of Education – the biggest professional learning event in secondary education in the UK. Over two days in June, discussions, debates and workshops take place with over 200 speakers from education, business, entertainment, politics and the media.
By constantly engaging with the outside world in such an extensive, open-minded and meaningful way, we hope to play an active and important role in the educational debate of this country in the hope that our own pupils will be the ultimate beneficiaries if we can thereby provide them with a fresh and challenging education which prepares them for the world of tomorrow.