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.

PROJECT COST: £1M PER YEAR

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

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.

SELECTION

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.

TRANSITION PROCESS AND ONGOING PASTORAL SUPPORT

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.

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Upcoming Events

10 September 2024

Life Beyond Wellington Networking Evening

6:30pm
The Other House, London

 

 

Are you an OW or parent who is established in their career and able to offer advice or work shadowing within your company? Or perhaps you are a young OW looking for support around careers? Either way, this event is for you! The Life Beyond Wellington Networking Evening is an event for all members of the Wellington Community, designed to support our young OWs as they navigate their way through university and/or the beginning of their career. We are looking for:

 

  • Young OWs who are currently at university, have recently graduated or are just starting out in their careers who want to engage and build connections with experienced members of the Wellington Community.
  • Parents and OWs who are established in their careers, working in a range of industries. If you feel you could offer advice, possible mentoring, work placements, or graduate roles within your company then we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch if you would be interested in bringing a member of your recruitment team, especially if your company offers work experience and/or graduate roles

 

Tickets are free of charge and include welcome drinks and canapés.

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13 September 2024

30 Year Reunion – Class of 1994

6:30pm
Duke of Sussex, London

 

 

The Wellington Community would like to invite all 1994 Leavers to reunite and reminisce with one another at The Duke of Sussex, Waterloo. Drinks and a light buffet will be available from 6.30pm to celebrate this wonderful milestone. Please spread the word to ensure we can get as many of the Class of 1994 together as possible!

 

Tickets cost £10 each, and include welcome drinks and light buffet.

 

OWs and their partners and/or guests are all very welcome to attend.

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12 October 2024

Careers Speed Networking Michaelmas 2024

11:30am
Waterloo Hall

 

 

The Wellington Community invite you to the first Careers Speed Networking event of the 2024-25 academic year, on Saturday 12th October 2024. This event gives current students the opportunity to explore career options, practice their networking skills, and learn more about different jobs from parent & OW volunteers working in a range of sectors.

 

The event will run as follows:

11.30am – 12.00pm: volunteers to arrive, register & set up in Waterloo Hall

12.00 – 1.00pm: networking session, split into 10-minute slots

1.00pm onwards: light lunch & refreshments

 

It is hugely helpful and beneficial for our students to be able to speak to parents & OWs from as many different professions as possible, as well as anyone who has had an unusual career path or strayed far from their original degree plans.

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