Widening Access Scholarship Programme

We are changing lives...

Central to the ‘Inspire!’ campaign is the need to widen access and open our doors to boys and girls of promise, ambition and talent but with limited financial means.


Programme Target: £1m per year

By raising £1m per year we will be able to provide funding for many more students to benefit from a Wellington College education each year.

Our scholarship students are motivated, aspirational and committed to transforming their lives by taking advantage of all the experiences that an education at Wellington can offer. All scholarship students must have the potential to be able to cope and thrive in the busy and high-achieving atmosphere of Wellington College. This promise is likely to manifest itself in terms of academic potential and character, but may also be in other areas of school life, whilst taking into consideration the lower levels of support and opportunities that each student may have been given up to the point of entry.

Our successfully run scholarship programme has three key elements:


Funding comes from very generous donations from the Wellington Community; parents, OWs and friends. Our scholarships are awarded to both day and boarding students to cover fees and additional costs when required, to cover items such as clothing, equipment, trips, laptops and stationery.


We consider each application on a case-by-case basis. Successful candidates show potential academic ability and preferably offer potential excellence in other areas of College life. Whilst direct contact is an acceptable route to applying for a bursary, the College has close affiliations with partner organisations including; Springboard, Eastside Young Leaders Academy (EYLA), Into University and others. All our partners have rigorous systems of selection to ensure due diligence and selection based on our criteria.


We understand that our scholarship students and their families may need additional pastoral support, both when they begin and throughout their time with us, and to this end there are a range of initiatives to support the process including: familiarisation days, parent/carer get-togethers, a ‘buddy’ system for the students as well as the parents/carers.

Latest News

Macmillan Coffee Morning: Friday 29 September 2023

18 September 2023

Join us for our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning, held in Waterloo hall on Friday 29th September. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our previous ‘Coffee Mornings’; the money we have raised over the years has made an incredible difference, and we can’t thank you enough for helping us support those living with […]


Explore the College Archives!

30 August 2023

Last week on OW social media, we ventured into the College’s archives to explore some fascinating pieces from our collection, chosen by our College Archivist, Caroline. From our first College photo album to Queen Victoria’s signature, we wanted to give an insight to College life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Student Diaries The […]


Waterloo Society Newsletter

30 August 2023

We are delighted to enclose links to our latest edition of the Waterloo Society Newsletter. We have been busy delving into the archives with the hope of conjuring up more nostalgic memories of your time at College. These newsletters all have a particular decades focus (1940s, 1950s and 1960s) and we hope that you enjoy the […]


Upcoming Events

28 September 2023

OW Women’s Network & Sports Society Gathering

The Duke of Sussex, London



We are delighted to be hosting our third annual OW Women’s Network & Sports Society event at the Duke of Sussex on Thursday 28th September 2023. This drinks & networking reception is a gathering for OWs of all ages, with the aim of creating a positive and supportive environment for OW women. Whether it be navigating careers, picking up sports that were dropped, or re-finding friendships, we would love to see as many OW women there as possible to build upon the strong foundations this society has started! Please note, all are welcome at this event.

Tickets are free of charge, and include welcome drinks and nibbles.

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29 September 2023

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Waterloo Hall, Wellington College



Join us for our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning, held in Waterloo hall, for a range of homemade baked goods, stalls, raffles and cake competitions! We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our previous ‘Coffee Mornings’; the money we have raised over the years has made an incredible difference, and we can’t thank you enough for helping us support those living with cancer. Last year, we raised £1,376.90 and we hope to beat that total this year! Students, current parents, and College & teaching staff are all very welcome to come along on the day; please email community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk for further details.

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30 September 2023

Parent Choir Singing Day

The Old Gym, Wellington College



The Wellington Community invite you to join the informal and fun Wellington Parent Singers group, led by our inspirational Director of Music Simon Williamson, designed for singers of all abilities. For further details, please email: community@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

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