Entry to Wellington School at Year 7 is by an Examination in the January preceding entry in the following September. The Entrance Examination consists of one Mathematics paper, one English Essay paper and one English Comprehension paper. There will also be some activities and games which help us review personal strengths not evident in examinations. We hope these will also add an additional dimension to the entry process and be a fun way of meeting some new friends.
Our Year 7 intake is approximately half from our Prep School and half from surrounding Primary Schools.
We run a series of Taster Days for our incoming Year 7 pupils, where they come in a small group and spend the day in School sampling a range of lessons, have lunch in the Dining Hall and take part in some musical and sporting activities. We hope this will give them a good feel for life in our School.
We invite all incoming Year 7 pupils and parents to a relaxed, informal Welcome Evening in the summer, where pupils will meet their House Masters and Mistresses, see the houserooms and have supper. For the parents, it is a chance to find out the details of the School Day, such as prep, buses, timetables, tutors and uniform. They also have supper and make friends with parents they will be spending the forthcoming years with.
The day before the start of term, pupils are invited in for a day in School to find their way around, settle in, make friends and feel comfortable before the rest of the School returns,
Regular contact with house staff and tutors follows in the first weeks and the whole year goes off camping together in week two, so everyone gets to know each other!
Pupils wishing to enter Year 9 and above will be examined in Mathematics and English and a subject of their choice from Science, Modern Languages, History or Geography. Current school reports are requested prior to assessments. We would be delighted to arrange a tour for families, a meeting with the Headmaster and a taster day for pupils prior to the assessment date.
We arrange for pupils to come in for Taster Days, where they are matched up with a like-minded Wellington pupils who will look after them for the day, take them to all their lessons, have lunch with them in the Dining Room and go to activities. Overnight Tasters are also available for boarders.
We also invite all incoming Year 9 pupils and parents to a relaxed, informal Welcome Evening in the summer, where pupils will meet their House Masters and Mistresses, see the houserooms and have supper. For the parents, it is a chance to find out the details of the School Day, such as prep, buses, timetables, tutors and uniform. They also have supper and make friends with parents they will be spending the forthcoming years with.
The day before the start of term, pupils are invited in for a day in School to find their way around, settle in, make friends and feel comfortable before the rest of the School returns.
Sixth Form Foundation
Students must be 15 or 16 at the start of the course, and hold an IELTS 5.0 or above. Complete the registration form and return with registration fee (£100) and the student’s recent school reports. All students will be required to sit our Mathematics test and English test to help us determine the level of support required. We will also set up a Skype interview. If the required academic standards are met, an offer of a place will be made which can then be accepted by the student.
Sixth Form Entry
Entry to the Sixth Form is by current school reports and predicted GCSE Grades. Candidates require a minimum of 3 B and 3 C Grades at GCSE to enter the Sixth Form, however an A Grade at GCSE is required to study Maths or Physics at A-Level.
We have a thriving Sixth Form and welcome new students each year.
The only year groups where we do not admit pupils are Year 11 which is mid-way through the GCSE course and the Upper Sixth. Although theoretically it is possible to change schools during the public examination courses, we find that, in reality, it is impossible to match syllabuses. In such cases we would always recommend re-starting the GCSE or A level course, even if this does mean dropping back a year.
Scholarships are offered for those pupils who show outstanding ability. Academic scholarships are allocated following the Entrance Examination – there is no separate scholarship examination and all candidates are automatically considered. In addition, we offer Sport, Music, Drama and Art/Design. Scholarships are awarded following assessments.
Means tested bursaries are also available.