The House system is at the heart of Wellington School: it is the principal way in which the happy atmosphere of the school is encouraged and a sense of belonging established. From the careful oversight of House Staff, the mentoring of younger pupils by older school leaders, to charity fundraising and a vibrant inter-house competition, pupils develop strong attachments to their House.
For pastoral purposes, Wellington School is divided into a Lower School for Years 7 and 8 and an Upper School for Years 9, 10, 11 and the Sixth Form.
On a day-to-day basis, the pupils register with the House Staff at the start of the day and again before afternoon The role of the House Staff (Housemasters and Housemistresses, and House Tutors) is to oversee the progress and welfare of all the pupils in the House. Also at these times, notices or other information may be passed between staff and pupils or House Staff may arrange to see particular pupils later in the day. Once a week there is a longer period for a full House meeting. There is also a dedicated weekly longer tutor period.
Three times a term, pupils are graded by their teachers. These grades are distributed to pupils by House Staff who also follow up individual pupils where appropriate. Reports are written twice a year by the House Tutors and the House Staff write the summing-up comments on each pupil in their House. Any problems relating to pupils are passed on by the teaching staff to House Staff who will act accordingly, usually involving the pupils themselves and, for more serious concerns, the parents. Information about positive achievements is also passed on to House Staff who also play a key role in advising about subject choices and university choices.
If pupils or their parents have concerns, their child’s House Tutor is the first port of call within the school.
The allocation of pupils to Houses is based on sibling precedence where applicable and equal distribution of numbers. Being in a different House from a friend should cause no particular concern as many of the Houses share social areas.
"The quality of the pupil's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent."
(ISI Integrated Inspection report, 2014)