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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.




1.    to embed a pastoral culture that is compassionate, kind, tolerant, inclusive, caring and supportive of all members of our community

2.    to provide a curriculum that stretches and stimulates all our students, and the teaching to support and guide them as individuals

3.    to provide a co-curricular programme that allows a breadth and depth of experience that will challenge, inspire and build confidence in students, and provide memorable moments in an enjoyable school career

4.    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.    to promote a strong boarding ethos within the School, which benefits individual students and enriches the whole school community

6.    to foster a strong Wellington community that exists within and beyond the boundaries of the School now and long into the future

7.    to maximise the effective utilisation of building space for teaching, living and supporting the co-curricular programme

8.    to maintain prudent stewardship through strong leadership and governance to provide the best possible educational environment for students

9.    to deepen the 3-18 ethos of Wellington, offering clear continuity, smooth progression and a strong sense of community