Welcome to Wellington School, where I am proud to be both Headmaster and a parent. Visitors to the School always comment on the friendly and focused atmosphere, the opportunities and support on offer, as well as the down to earth and grounded ethos. I hope that you will get a sense of our vibrant community from these pages and will come and visit us soon.
Wellington is a busy school, with dedicated staff and excellent facilities. We take the wellbeing of our pupils seriously with proactive pastoral care and a modern approach to physical and mental health, which we hope will serve our pupils well at school and far into the future. I believe that the co-curriculum plays a vital part in education and we seek to challenge and inspire our pupils through an extensive programme including a thriving Outdoor Education Department and CCF, alongside Music, Drama and a pioneering Sport, Performance and Wellbeing Department.
There is also a long-standing academic tradition at Wellington leading to top grades and top universities, balanced by a desire to see pupils make progress and enjoy learning, not merely pass examinations. We therefore focus on intellectual development and cultural enrichment, whilst also articulating a sense of values and community, embodied by the Memorial Chapel which lies at the heart of the School.
It is my hope that a Wellington School education will not only create rounded individuals, but also allow our girls and boys to experience failure as well as success, and help them to build resilience, to learn to take responsibility and to value relationships.
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.
Wellington School is delighted to announce the appointment of Eugene Du Toit as its next Head, replacing Henry Price who will move to Oakham School in September 2019 after five years of dedicated service.
Eugene, who has been Senior Deputy Head at Trinity School of John Whitgift, Croydon since 2014 has extensive strategic development experience, as well as an impressive academic and pastoral leadership background. He is married to Angela and they have two young daughters.
Eugene is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and has an MA in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education, University of London. He is currently studying for his MBA in Educational Leadership (International), Eugene began his teaching career at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg before moving to England and taking up a position at St Paul’s School, London as a teacher of Economics and Mathematics, Undermaster (Assistant Head), and Head of House.
Eugene comments, “It is an honour to have been invited to serve as the next Head of Wellington School – a happy, ambitious and successful community. I am committed to ensuring that Wellington continues to provide an outstanding all-round education, where academic excellence, co-curricular opportunities and personal development sit comfortably alongside one another and look forward to working with everyone within the Wellington community in shaping the School’s exciting future. My wife and I have been struck by the warmth of the relationships at Wellington, and we are looking forward to our family move to Somerset.”
Anna Govey, Chair of Governors at Wellington School, said “We are very much looking forward to working with Eugene to take Wellington onto the next chapter.”