Wellington College is renowned for being an outward-facing school with a strong international perspective and a deep desire to engage proactively and meaningfully with the state sector. One key way in which these three characteristics have manifested themselves over the past decade is through the growing family of schools opened both in the UK and around the world by the College.
Eagle House, Wellington’s prep school, has enjoyed a very close relationship with the College for over 50 years, but the past decade has seen the expansion of the Wellington Family of Schools in two very exciting ways.
In the UK Wellington has opened two state academies in Wiltshire, both of which bear the Wellington name. By founding the academies on the same guiding principles as the College and through regular, close partnership, our aim is to look beyond the confines of our Crowthorne campus to engage meaningfully and productively with schools in different contexts to ourselves. This partnership with the outside world goes to the very core of the original foundation of Wellington College.
In the International Schools market, we are proud to be recognised as a leading International Schools group, with five schools in China and one in Thailand. This year we celebrate 10 years of our first International partnership. Our first school, Wellington College International Tianjin, opened in 2011.
We have three International Schools with WCC, at Tianjin, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. All are among the leading International schools in their region, providing pupils with an excellent all-round education based on the same ethos and identity which characterises a Wellington education here in the UK.
Wellington also provides support and has a close association with two further schools with WCC. Under the name Huili, and supported by the Huili Institute of Learning which specialises in bilingual education, the schools in Shanghai and Hangzhou offer exceptional quality bilingual education following the Chinese National Curriculum combined with the Wellington approach to holistic education. These schools are already leading bilingual education thinking both in China and internationally.
In addition to China, we are very proud to have opened our first international school open in Thailand in 2018. Wellington College International Bangkok (WCIB) has had an incredible first year, offering exceptional education that is already recognised in the crowded international schools market in Bangkok, and making history by being the first school to achieve full COBIS accreditation in year 1.
The opportunities which arise for the staff and pupils at all schools as a result of being part of such a diverse and exciting group of schools are numerous but include exchanges, cultural trips and collaborative learning opportunities for both children and adults alike.