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Ethos and Aims


Wellington’s ethos rests on three pillars: outstanding relationships, the pursuit of excellence and a love of learning.

We want children to feel secure and confident, to feel supported and understood, to feel able to turn to those around them for guidance and encouragement. Our relationships are informed by values such as kindness, tolerance, inclusivity and trust. We work together to bring out the best in one another.

As a learning community, we are process oriented; we work through problems, we don’t shy away from challenges, we understand that getting things wrong at first is part of getting them right in the end. We are ambitious in our aspirations, but humble enough to accept that there is always more we can learn.

If our girls and boys feel confident and secure and if they enjoy their learning, then we believe they will rise to the high expectations we have of them. The pursuit of excellence is a mindset rather than a destination and we work tirelessly to support our children to become the very best they can be.

We are a collaborative and purposeful community. Our children are at the heart of everything we do and nothing pleases us more than supporting them in their journey and seeing them enjoy their school days.

Our ‘model of education’ at Wellington sees us supporting students not only in the acquisition of knowledge, but also in developing those skills and character traits which they will need to lead successful and fulfilled lives as they grow into adults. We endeavour to equip our students with everything they need to thrive in an increasingly complex and competitive twenty-first century.




We are committed to supporting our students in becoming confident and well-adjusted young adults who are equipped with the skills and qualifications they need to thrive in the twenty-first century.


We aim to do this by:

  1. Caring – our pastoral culture is compassionate, kind, tolerant, inclusive, caring and supportive of all members of our community
  2. Challenging and supporting – our broad curriculum stretches and stimulates our students, and teachers support and guide them as individuals
  3. Offering choice – our co-curricular programme provides a breadth and depth of experience that will challenge, inspire and build confidence in students, and provide precious memories of a fulfilling school career
  4. Developing the whole person – we seek to develop in children of all ages skills and character traits that will see them able to thrive personally and professionally, both at school and beyond
  5. Being inclusive – we welcome day pupils and boarders from near and far, and local and international students support one another as they learn and grow together
  6. Valuing community – whether in school or in the wider community, we respect our differences but we build on all that brings us together
  7. Creating a strong sense of place – we invest in our campus in order to maximise the effective utilisation of building space for teaching, living and supporting the co-curricular programme
  8. Thinking of future generations – we maintain prudent stewardship of the School through strong leadership and governance to provide the best possible educational environment for current and future students
  9. Being united – our 3-18 ethos provides clear continuity, smooth progression and a strong sense of community across the Prep and Senior School