International education ethos

Wellington College is deeply committed to dialogue between different cultures and nations, and is strongly attracted by the idea of founding world-class schools of outstanding educational quality for future leaders, where members of all nations can grow up side-by-side. (Wellington College, 2009)

Wellington College is a forward thinking and outward looking school. The College first sought overseas collaboration to enhance of opportunities for students and staff for meaningful cultural exchange and understanding, in order to become better global citizens and leaders in a future, internationally-minded world.  This drive remains today, where our students in China, Thailand and the UK are beginning to be able to share ideas and work together on projects, participate in exchanges and summer schools, and ultimately join a life-long alumni network with all the opportunities that opens up for them. Teachers also share expertise and best practice, participate in exchanges and shared CPD opportunities, and of course take advantage of the career opportunities that an expanding group of schools can provide.

Bringing the key cultures of the world together, especially at student level, has never been more important. Cultural fluency and mutual respect is a critical skill for a peaceful and prosperous future world that has faced so many challenges in this regard in recent years with no signs of abating.

In a world which has never been more diverse or well-connected, but where public discourse has become so polarised and entrenched, both in the flesh and on-line, it is proving to be both instructive and inspirational to explore these themes [race, identity & belonging] at such an important time in our history.

James Dahl, 15th Master Wellington College, January 2020

The international ethos is directly linked to the College’s core values, its forward thinking curriculum planning (such as being one of the first UK schools to offer Mandarin), as well as its longstanding programme of Global Social Leadership.  It also supports our drive for education leadership, providing opportunities for greater global education impact with access to a Wellington education at our other schools and through their own outreach programmes and support for local education development. The revenue brought back to Wellington from our overseas schools has also enabled expansion of our own bursary programme, increasing access in the UK also.