As a new Headmaster, I am often asked the question, ‘Why Wellington’?
For me it was because I saw a school where academic excellence and intellectual fulfilment are cherished, but not at the expense of sporting, cultural, social and spiritual development. It is because I felt the proud, positive and purposeful atmosphere among the pupils and staff. It is because I know that Wellington is a special place, which my family and I are looking forward to being a part of in the years ahead. I hope that you will feel the same.
At Wellington, we aim to provide an environment where every girl and boy can achieve success, but not fear failure; where confidence and ambition are fostered, but tempered with humour and humility; where the individual is given a chance to shine, but reminded of their responsibility to a community; where we know the importance of academic grades, but do not forget that the best in education cannot always be measured.
As well as offering a broad academic curriculum and a wealth of extra-curricular opportunity, we want to help pupils safely navigate the occasionally choppy waters of teenage life. We take pride in our supportive and sensitive pastoral care in partnership with parents and view it as a key ingredient in a pupil’s success and happiness. Clear boundaries and high expectations are set, but there is also understanding and forgiveness when mistakes are made.
The Memorial Chapel lies at the heart of the School. At a time when we are commemorating the Great War, it is not only an important reminder of the timeless values of service and leadership, but also of the spiritual frame in which we work, encapsulated by the School’s motto ‘nisi dominus, frustra’ – ‘without the Lord, (we act) in vain’.
For me there is no ideal pupil, but I will encourage boys and girls to participate and persevere; to get to know themselves, but also to appreciate the strengths and understand the weaknesses of others. I believe that if a pupil works hard, gets involved and is courteous and kind to those around them, they will be successful; if they leave Wellington with potential realised, a sense of direction, happy memories and long-lasting friendships, we also will have succeeded.
Do come and visit the school. You will receive a warm welcome.
Henry was educated at Eton College. After a gap year at St John's College, Harare, he studied Classics at New College, Oxford.
After two years as an Oxford Classics Fellow at Sydney Grammar School, Henry returned to the UK to teach Classics at Sherborne School where he also coached cricket and ran the 1st XV.
For the last thirteen years, Henry has worked at Rugby School in a variety of roles including Head of Classics and Senior Housemaster.
Henry is married to Mary and they have four young children.