Wrekin College: Wellington, Shropshire, UK

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Wrekin College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, located in Wellington, Shropshire, England.

The  three-tier structure enables to offer a distinctive experience for the First and Second Form (Years 7-8) in Lancaster; the Third, Fourth and Fifth Form (Years 9-11) in the main school and in the Sixth Form (Years 12-13). They  are, effectively, several different schools in one, a united but diverse community in which everyone has a place and a sense of belonging. Pupils of all ages have a voice in the running of the school through the active and energetic School Council, for which elections are held every year.

The school is broadly traditional, operating on the model and maintaining the ethos of a boarding school, with a strong house system and a long school day (from 8.30am until 6pm). Although the majority of pupils are now day pupils, the school operates seven days a week and offers all pupils the benefits of boarding school life, with many pupils taking up the opportunity for flexi or weekly boarding as they move up the school. There is a wide range of activities within our packed weekly schedule.


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7 days boarding: 

10,320 per term

About the school

 It was founded by Sir John Bayley in 1880 and is known as ‘The School in the Garden’ owing to its extensive grounds and playing fields.

 Junior House, Lancaster, is split into boys’ and girls’ sections, housed separately and with their own Housemaster and Housemistress. Lancaster House is a very important part of the school. It gives our younger pupils their own territory, leadership and reward system, allowing them to develop and settle gradually into senior school life. From the Third Form onwards, pupils join one of two girls’ Houses (Clarkson and Roslyn) or one of three boys’ Houses (Bayley,Tudor and York). As well as a Housemaster or Housemistress, each House has a team of tutors and a matron.

Boarding accommodation is spacious and of high quality, housing pupils in a mix of small dormitories and (especially for the older years) double or single studies. All houses have a range of common rooms and other facilities – kitchens, bathrooms and games rooms. Boys can board in either Tudor or Bayley, while girl boarders spend evenings and weekends in their purpose-built hall of residence, Hadden Hall.


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Academic life

Pupils usually enter at 11, 13 and 16, or at other points when spaces are available. The school is not strongly selective but  pupils have an impressive range of talents, academic and otherwise. The school expects to produce a number of Oxbridge candidates every year, but are equally proud of all pupils who meet or exceed their own ambitions.



Wrekin is proud of its strong academic record, based on stimulating intellectual curiosity, providing excellent and inspiring teaching and making learning exciting. Classes are small: typically no more than twenty for the younger pupils and between eight and fifteen at A level. The curriculum is constantly reviewed in the light of changes in educational policy and philosophy but Wrekin is  committed to offering our pupils a solid and broad academic foundation. School offers a wide range of subjects for GCSE and A Level and guide pupils in choosing subjects that suit their interests, abilities and future plans.  Head of Careers advises pupils throughout their time at school and the Head of Sixth Form offers expert advice on university applications. School wants their pupils to leave it with the best possible examination results. They will be entering a competitive world and exam grades matter. Wrekin is proud of the academic high fliers who go on to top universities to read highly competitive subjects, such as medicine, architecture and engineering and of those who fulfil their ambitions to go on to vocational degrees, such as agriculture, business or performing arts, or indeed straight into the workplace. To give pupils entering the workplace more flexibility Wrekin is continuing to develop Business School. Already offering Business Studies, Economics, and Psychology, Accounting has recently been added to portfolio of subjects.


Sport and culture

The school has a significant number of elite athletes who compete at regional, national and even international level, including gymnasts, cross-country runners and swimmers. The netball teams are exceptional, and a wide range of sports are played with enthusiasm and considerable success.

The school maintains a very busy fixture list in our major sports (rugby, football, hockey and cricket for boys; hockey, netball and rounders for girls) and also compete actively in many other sports – including swimming, tennis, athletics, basketball, badminton, cross-country, squash, fives and fencing.



Music and drama are also very strong and play a major role in school life. House competitions (singing, drama and debating as well as sport) excite tremendous support and a wonderful atmosphere.

The art department at Wrekin is lively, vibrant and highly successful. It occupies a purpose-built building overlooking the school’s beautiful playing fields, which provide an attractive backdrop and a ready-made landscape for our young artists to capture. The department has a 3D and ceramics studio with kilns and a spray booth, a general-purpose studio and three large Sixth Form areas, equipped with computers to encourage pupils to explore the possibilities of digital art.


With over 200 pupils having lessons every week, a regular programme of soirées and recitals and the chapel choir featuring prominently in school services, it is hard to capture the full extent of the school’s busy musical life.


School’s purpose-built theatre regularly hosts exceptional drama involving pupils of all ages. Every year there is at least one major school production of a musical or play. A great strength of Wrekin productions is the close collaboration between the art, design, music and drama departments: our enthusiastic audiences can attest to the extremely high quality of singing and set design as well as acting. Many pupils are drawn in to help backstage, with stage management, artwork, makeup, lighting andnsound, often developing tremendous technical skills by the time they leave.


Location Description

Wrekin College is situated on the edge of Wellington a small market town in Shropshire.  Despite the urban location, which has the advantages of extensive road and rail networks, the School is set in a campus of over 100 acres, providing extensive games fields and beautiful grounds.

Birmingham airport is less than an hour's drive away. The area is rich in history and cultural interest, including the Ironbridge Gorge, Shrewsbury, and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – which includes Wenlock Edge, the Long Mynd and of course the Wrekin itself. Telford and South Shropshire are areas of growing inward investment, and the school has good links with the local business community.

Sutherland Rd, Wellington, Shropshire TF1 3BH TF1 3BH TF1 3BH

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